Active Shooter

Is your company ready for an active shooter situation? Do you have plans and processes in place? How do you communicate during and after the event and how to you manage the aftermath?

I recently participated with Everbridge in a study to investigate company’s readiness for an active shooter situation. The findings of the recently completed research into organizations’ safety communications plans and their ability to manage a potential active shooter situation are disturbing but frankly not surprising. The research surveyed security and emergency management leaders at 888 organizations, with a focus on companies with greater than 500 employees.

Respondents were overwhelmingly concerned about violent acts – such as active shooter situations – taking place at their company or organization. Despite that worry, a majority of respondents also said that they were not properly prepared for an active shooter situation, highlighting communication to affected employees and individuals as one of the major issues.

Key findings of the research include:

  • 69 percent of organizations view an active shooter incident as a potential top threat. Workplace violence also was cited as a top threat by 62 percent.
  • An overwhelming 79 percent replied that their organizations were not fully prepared for an active shooter incident.
  • Communicating with and confirming the safety of those in an impacted building were seen as the biggest challenges during an active shooter situation by 71 percent of organizations. Despite that, 39 percent still said they didn’t have a communications plan in place.
  • 61 percent do not run any active shooter preparedness drills at all.
  • 73 percent said that employees or students are willing to exchange some aspects of privacy for enhanced security.

The report, titled “Active Shooter Preparedness,” is available here: