I recently came across this article from U.S. News & World Report answering the question, “Are You Safe?” in a hospital. The article gave an in depth look at how hospitals in large metropolitan areas are protecting your safety as a patient, visitor, or staff member. Read below for an overview of this article and how we think it plays into overall healthcare safety. Read More
April 21, 2016
Simple Changes that can Make a Big Difference
Vulnerable is an understatement for nearly every facility and organization in our society. Places of worship however have found themselves highly vulnerable to outside threats and attacks for various reasons. Reducing vulnerabilities can be a struggle, but putting forth the effort and allocating resources before an incident is critical to continued safety and security for your buildings, staff, volunteers, and congregation. Read More
April 18, 2016
4 Ways to Ensure a Safe & Secure Visit
College campuses are almost always bustling with students going to and from classes, studying in the sun, playing games, or hanging out with friends. It is no secret that campus officers work hard to keep their campus community safe, while still allowing freedom for students and visitors to access the university grounds. When a VIP or special guest arrives on campus though, the safety and security atmosphere changes. Whether it be a presidential candidate, dignitary, band, actor, etc., additional protocols and procedures must be put into place and followed. Below are 4 ways you can prepare for a VIP guest on your college campus and ensure a safe and secure visit. Read More
March 28, 2016
Avoid Vulnerabilities by Changing Routines
Schedules are great, they keep us on track and help us to stay organized, but sometimes, our day to day schedules can become detrimental to the safety of our lives or organizations. For place’s of worship in particular, daily schedules can be an invitation for unwanted criminal activity. Today we are going to give insight on what criminals may see as an opportunity to commit a crime on your church grounds, and how changing routines can help minimize risk. Crimes could include assault, robbery, breaking and entering, etc. The overall tip for the day is this:
“Changing routines often can reduce the chance of crime on your church grounds.”
March 25, 2016
Rapid Responder Provides Cohesion for Organizations
Many organizations have all the right plans for responding to emergencies, by having written plans and doing tabletop drills to practice. From a preparedness standpoint they may be well prepared and have all their ducks in a row, waiting for a chance to put their plans in action. However, they still may be lacking a significant factor in responding efficiently and they may be lacking cohesion. Rapid Responder, an industry leading emergency preparedness platform, provides cohesiveness for those who implement it.
Cohesion with other staff for your organization is critical to handling an emergency or incident well. Rapid Responder allows for a cohesive response within your organization by bringing everyone together on the same page and laying out an easy to follow responsibility tree through ICS and a NIMS based model of response. Rapid Responder stores all of your emergency plans and response procedures, including digital imagery, in a simple and easy-to-navigate platform, available on the Internet, on a laptop, available on a USB, or iOS or Android App. It gives the same information to all parties accessing the information, lessening confusion during a response. Read More
March 23, 2016
Embrace Change for Increased Security
Daylight Savings is much anticipated after brutal winters and less sunshine. Since time changes twice a year, it is a good indicator of when to do routine safety checks and security procedures. Many fire departments for instance urge their community to check and replace batteries in smoke detectors and expiration dates of fire extinguishers. Today however, we are going to give you 3 ways to alter your theater’s security with the twice yearly time change for increased safety. Read More
March 18, 2016
Keeping Your Options Open During Emergencies
Many times, we hear stories of an active shooter or armed intruder, we hear that victims heard chaos and looked for the nearest exit to escape but ended up in more danger. When attempting to escape, victims tend to run blindly, not really knowing where the incident is or the location of the shooter/intruder. Unfortunately since the focus is just on trying to get out, victims may actually be running toward danger due to lack of visibility and awareness of their surroundings prior to the incident. Keep reading to learn how visibility is directly linked to awareness and how these critical opportunities can help when in an emergency situation. Read More
March 17, 2016
How You Can Deter Violence with Non-Lethal Force at Your Hospital
A prisoner being treated at a hospital suddenly disarms the deputy guarding him, shooting and killing him with his own service weapon. The prisoner, now armed and not wearing handcuffs, poses a lethal risk to anyone else in the hospital who might try to stop him. Hospital security officers, armed with TASERs, respond to the scene and deploy a TASER to stop the threat and subdue the prisoner. The TASER effectively subdues the man, who later is pronounced dead.
This is a nightmare scenario that actually unfolded at a hospital in St. Cloud Minnesota in 2015. Had the hospital security officers not been armed with TASERs, other lives might have been lost that day. While TASERs are not meant to be a response to deadly force incidents, the deployment of this non-lethal defensive tool in this case was effective, but also resulted in the death of the subject. Read More
March 16, 2016
How More Eyes Can Reduce Risk
As concerns grow surrounding school safety and security, we cannot forget about higher education, especially during commencement ceremonies. Colleges and universities are already accustomed to a more open campus, allowing for unknown visitors, but graduations should have much more security, both in uniform and out of uniform for those protecting the venue. Keep reading to learn tips for top-notch safety procedures for higher education graduation.
Just like large sporting events, colleges and universities are adopting a bag search policy for commencement ceremonies. When meeting with students prior to graduation, explain that all bags, purses and packages are subject to search and all persons are subject to search by metal detection devices. Tell students to pass the word to their guests who will be attending and add signs around the entrance of this policy to minimize confusion. Read More
March 15, 2016
Do You Know Who’s Watching?
Stalking is something that is rarely talked about openly in our society, but it is a scary reality for over 7 million people in the United States. Stalking is not just what we see in movies or on the television, it is a concern for both men and women and can interfere with all aspects of life. Stalking is a growing concern for all, but especially those under 25 years of age and can be cause for concern in your place of worship. Without proper policies, stalking can lead to grave consequences for not only the victim, but those around as well. We have some ways to help you mitigate risk of a stalker at your place of worship. Read More