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Many of us can still remember the shock and horror that went through our bodies when we heard about the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. While the Columbine attack was almost 20 years ago, the mass shooting at the Sandy school in Connecticut, which killed 20 6- and 7-year-old students and six adults, just passed its five-year mark in December.
The amount of people killed in mass shooter attacks has escalated since 2012. Two of the deadliest mass shootings happened in 2017. Over the last decade, there have been 475 people killed and 882 people wounded in America due to mass shootings. Although there is no way for us to know when these attacks are coming, or how we can prevent them from happening altogether, we can help organizations and schools ensure the safety of their employees, students, and visitors.
All of these incidents and statistics prove that all organizations need to invest in an emergency notification system. Moreover, legally, employers must now address the hazard of an aggressive intruder or active shooter who means to do harm to people in work settings. With today’s technology, these systems are much more than just sending a text or email; they’re a completely connected system that is able to send a text and email notification while at the exact time can place a message on your website, social media, digital signage across campus, etc. Many are able to trigger your PA system and blue lights. This can all be triggered in unison, with the launch of a specified alert.
Not only is it important to incorporate protective measures into your organization’s emergency plan, but it’s just as important to take what we’ve learned from past incidents and learn from it. Campus Safety Magazine’s Executive Editor, Robin Hattersley-Gray, wrote "12 Lessons to Remember from Active Shooter Attacks" where she urges campuses to consider promising practices that were learned over the years from mass shooter attacks.
Please find the full article taken from Campus Safety Magazine here: 12 Lessons to Remember from Active Shooter Attacks.
No organization wants to think about the day that an emergency might happen at their facilities, especially an active shooter crisis, but it is something that each organization must prepare. Not only is mass emergency preparation a legal obligation, but most would argue that it is a moral one. You want to keep your people informed and out of harm’s way. If there’s an emergency, people expect to be notified and provided the guidance to remain safe. There are many alerts that we have grown accustomed to receiving such as weather alerts, Amber or Silver Alerts, or even local emergency alerts. So, if there’s an active shooter emergency in the vicinity, people expect to be alerted in a similar fashion.
Severe weather can happen at any time. Depending on the season and your location, weather threats can range from thunderstorms and tornadic activity to hurricanes, Nor’easters, or even a wintry mix. Having emergency communication plans and an automated method of distributing said communications in place helps ensure you and the people you are responsible for are kept safe and informed during severe weather season - no matter which season.
Of all the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act college and university communities most frequently associate it with the timely warning. As an original part of the 1990 law timely warnings have fundamentally changed how students and employees learn about campus crime in a way that is now firmly enshrined in their cultures as it is what they most frequently see.