After taking some time to evaluate the tragic active shooter incident that took place recently in Parkland Florida, it allows for us to take the opportunity to reflect on just what is important in life. All of our staff at Intelligence Consulting Partners recognize this tragedy as an example of challenges we face within our society as we continue to seek answers. Therefore, it is important to the staff of ICP to provide knowledge and education to each and every community that we contact; in order for them to best prepare themselves for such a horrific event. As always, our prayers from ICP go out to those families impacted by such a senseless act that has a cascading effect on all of civilization.
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All that said, it is important to learn from these tragic events to ensure we are making strides to learn and help save lives in any future event that may occur. Our staff is committed to analyzing and conducting case studies on such events in order to provide lessons learned to share with the community in order to better prepare in preventing future tragedies. Therefore, this is a reminder that there are simple things to address immediately, which we have learned from present and past case studies; allowing for us to provide valuable information to protect each and every community that we have the distinct pleasure to work with. Let us remember that the more we learn from such a horrific act the more we can prepare ourselves to defend our communities.
Important Takeaways From Parkland Florida
How can we as a community help reduce the risk of a potential active shooter? First, we need to recognize problem individuals around us and ensure that you provide that information to those that will follow-up. If you feel that the information is not being taken seriously, seek other avenues and provide the same information to other authorities. Never give up, as this could be a significant opportunity to change history, not to mention saving lives.
There are events that have happened in the past to cause a rouse allowing an active shooter suspect to take advantage of a situation. Such as, pulling fire alarms to push people to a designated area and taking advantage of what we identify as a soft target area. This was a major contributing factor to the tragic incident in Parkland Florida. This can lead to significant casualties if we are not familiar with an event of this magnitude. Therefore, it is important to evaluate our present active threat mitigation plans of action to ensure we are establishing the best possible options based on the event we may be faced.
Have hardened areas that people can move to as an area that will provide them a more definable position against the threat. A hardened area is a physical location that is readily accessible by a defined populace which will serve as a temporary shelter to challenge the ability of an active threat from causing harm to an individual(s). This is a temporary location which offers an escalated barricaded area in comparison to the environment. At no time should a hardened area be referred to as a Safe Area. Safe Area implies that the individual(s) is safe from the threat once they enter this area. As we know, it is difficult to establish these sites, as we cannot always predict where these events will take place.
In summary, it is extremely important to not take active shooter threats lightly. Do not treat the Parkland Florida incident as an old news item. Does your company have a policy for fire safety? What are the statistical odds that a fire will take place at your office? Does that minimize the necessity to have a safety policy and safety training? You know where we are going with this. Active threat mitigation starts with you and your organization. Make sure your team is trained. Institute policy and provide follow up with all of your employees. Play a part in keeping your community safe.
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