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.
Evangeline Bank & Trust Co. is one of the businesses who previously attended and has since incorporated those lessons into their lives. After months of tragic shootings, they say prior knowledge of active shooters is becoming irrelevant. "It's basically changing pretty much every day," says Security & Administrative Assistant LaChanda Alfred.
In the early morning hours of 22 April 2018, a semi-nude gunman arrived at a Waffle House in South Nashville, TN, killing two people outside, then proceeding into the restaurant and killing two more before being taken down by an unarmed civilian. While this type of hostile act can happen anywhere and to anyone, there are strategies that individuals can apply daily to mitigate the risk to their personal safety in restaurants and other public venues.
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.