In transitioning from crisis response to crisis management, an organization should commit to five critical proactive measures: (1) establish what defines a “crisis”, (2) consider crisis in the context of the organization’s priorities, (3) anticipate potential crisis conditions through analysis, (4) establish decision points for potential crisis conditions, and (5) arrange for planned intervals during which crisis management leaders and teams meet to assess the current threat environment and potential crisis conditions.
Every organization, whether a school or business, should have an emergency action plan in place. The plan should be thorough, but not complicated, simple but sufficient. It should address any and all emergencies relevant to schools and your geographical locations. Active shooter, fire, bomb threat, natural disasters, Chem-Bio (white powder), and more should all be addressed.
“To evade you want to run the opposite direction of a sound of gunfire,” says Perron. Then you obstruct by making your way to a safe room. “First ring of security is you lock the door. ..lock the door…second ring barricade with any and everything you have available,” says Perron. Just as important is pre-recognition.