After Action Reviews

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After Action ReviewsPreparing Your Organization for the Next Incident

An After Action Review (AAR), is commonly used by the military and according to the Harvard Business Review is, “A method for extracting from one event or project and applying them to others.” For instance, if during your past fire drill, exit doors were not closed after everyone evacuated, you recognize that as a shortcoming and next time you have a fire drill, someone is in charge of securing those inner perimeter doors before evacuating themselves. You took an instance from one event and applied it to the next event. After Action Reviews are critical to the continuation of safety and security for any facility and enables organizations to continue striving toward a safer environment. Read More

More Visibility = More Awareness

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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

Use the Environment to Your Advantage

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Increase Theater Safety with Environmental Design

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Movie theaters draw large crowds which shifts the safety focus to inside the building, but unsafe conditions are likely to happen outside your theater as well. Whether an emergency inside forces patrons out, or a situation outside, there are ways to use the environment to your advantage and increase safety and security not only for the outside of your facility, but also inside. Today we are going to give you 5 ways you can increase theater safety through environmental design. Read More

All Eyes Are On You: Ways to Prevent Piracy at Your Theater

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6 Ways to Deter & Catch Movie Thieves

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Piracy and movie theft is a growing problem for theater owners and managers, and mitigation is critical to continuation of business and profit. Reducing piracy and theft must first start with training for staff and a standard policy for violators and law breakers. Below are 6 ways you can prevent movie theft and piracy at your theater. Read More

Rapid Responder: Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions

Many times, people see Rapid Responder and wonder what exactly it is. Once they find out, a variety of other questions begin to surface about the product, the implementation and the maintenance of it. Today we want to take some time and answer some of the commonly asked questions about Rapid Responder.

We started by collecting questions from our operations and sales team who travel often and speak with many potential users. Here are some common questions and answers they often run into while speaking with customers and providing demos. Read More

Hostile Situation Responses

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How Creating Distance & Barriers in Your Theater Can be Beneficial

Active shooter scenarios are not the only time in which theater owners or employees may find themselves in a hostile situation and when creating emergency plans, must prepare for a variety of incidents. Many theaters are just now updating their security measures and since metal detectors aren’t usually used, employees don’t know who may have a weapon. Train your theater staff on how to respond if a hostile situation starts and how to stay safe. Read More

Mitigation After a Mass Shooting: What You Need to Know

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The Immediate & Mid-Stage Recovery from an Active Shooter at Your Movie Theater

Active shooter scenarios are something we wish didn’t have to be discussed and planned for, but unfortunately they are a viable threat to any facilities emergency preparedness. In the unfavorable chance your movie theater is faced with an active shooter situation, take these tips to provide a well-managed response that focuses on victims and their families. There are multiple phases when responding to an active shooter event, from law enforcement arriving, to the containment of the shooter, and the aftermath of picking up the pieces. Today we want to focus on the aftermath, after imminent danger has passed and supporting those whose lives are now forever changed. Read More

Minnesota Communities Invited to Learn About Rapid Responder

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Complimentary Webinar Showcasing Firsthand Experience & Rapid Responder Effectiveness

Prepared Response, Inc. is offering a complimentary webinar where attendees can expect to learn about Rapid Responder®, the industry leading emergency management and crisis response system. Minnesota communities and facilities will see how Rapid Responder increases their safety and security via a live demonstration, viewing features specific to the system. Jeff Trick, Carver County Deputy & SRO for SouthWest Metro Educational Cooperative will give a firsthand user experience and explain how Rapid Responder has aided his district and community with crisis preparedness and efficient response time to any incident. Read More

Emergency Procedures: A Theater’s Hidden Safety Gem

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Learn How Writing Emergency Procedures Prepares Your Movie Theater for Incidents

We know that up-to-date and well written emergency procedures are critical for schools, but they are also critical to safety at movie theaters. No matter how large or small a cinema is, it is a public place where many people gather in a confined area, making it a soft target, thus the need for well written emergency procedures.

So, what should your cinema’s emergency procedures include? The key areas that are cause for major concern are fires and weather. Fire evacuation plans should include a list of steps take to safely and quickly evacuate all moviegoers and staff. Emergency plans for weather should include procedures for a variety of scenarios including flash flooding and tornadoes. Power outages are also likely to happen at some point in your cinema, so ensure you write your plans for how to respond to power outages, including time frames, reimbursements, and employee response. Read More

Responding to Power Outages in Your Cinema

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Your theater rooms are filled, concessions have long lines, when all of a sudden, the emergency lights come on, and the screen goes black. Without power theaters lose revenue and safety becomes power outagesan increased risk. Learn what to do during power outages at your cinema to keep staff and moviegoers safe from injury or incident. Read More