“Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.”
Training for Active Threats at the workplace can be very stressful for employees. In many cases, people often say “I don’t know what I would do.”
Yet, often times when asked, those same individuals reveal that they think about it happening to them.
That’s why training for active threats must be conducted in a relaxed environment. Our process encourages open communication and allows employees to express their fears and then we create a survival plan based on their capabilities. In developing the AT-EAS, we took on the perspective of the Threat to identify obstacles that would distract and delay progress while hindering efficiency. The same attention to detail needs to be exercised when training those on how to survive.
Effective prevention is the ultimate goal for any security program. In the Active Threat world, it is very difficult to attain as it is often difficult to predict when a shooter will choose to strike. In most mass shooting cases, the suspect forecasted his intentions though conversation, in writing or on social media. Quite often, these warnings went unnoticed until it was too late or they were simply ignored. Blueline 360 has teamed up with two early-reporting social media monitoring companies to help our clients monitor these published clues/threats. However, like facility hardening products, it is merely one piece of the bigger puzzle.
True prevention begins with leadership within an organization. Laws and policies will not save lives once a Threat engages. In order to create a proactive program, leadership should develop a plan within their four walls. We recommend leading by example, creating value in every security investment, supporting the gate keepers and encouraging them to practice basic security measures as they are the first line of defense. We open lines of communication with mid-level management as they normally are the most informed employees on co-worker issues. Proper Communication is vital and a lack there of has consequences.