Preparing Your School or Business for Threats

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 A security risk could happen at your school or business any day. It is imperative that you have a plan to handle these potential risks, both to ensure the safety of your students and staff and to avoid a financial crisis that could shut down your organization. To prepare for the unexpected, you should regularly review and adjust your security readiness plans to help you minimize the impact of any potentially threatening situation.
 

Physical Property Security

Bomb threats, suspicious devices, vandalism, and active shooters are just a few threats to the physical property and patrons of your school or business. Reviewing security issues, including access control and perimeter security, is essential. Appropriate security measures include:

  • Survey locks, fences, exterior lights and other physical security devices to ensure they are located where necessary and in proper working order. Establish a monthly inspection schedule to continue to monitoring of all equipment.
  • Implement and follow strict visitor control such as mandatory sign-ins, name badges, escorts, etc. In addition, all external doors should be locked while school is in session, with a staff member monitoring who enters and exits. 
  • Review your procedures for issuing facility keys and access cards. All staff, including part-time or seasonal staff, should be screened before being issued building access. Keep lists of who has been issued keys/cards and have a procedure for handling a situation when an employee is terminated without returning them.

School and Workplace Violence

With the growing trend of highly-publicized school and workplace violence, such as shootings, this trend is a serious risk that should be addressed.

  • Critical Incident Response Technology, like the state-of-the-art systems that ASR provides, is quickly becoming a must-have for a robust security platform for any establishment seeking to mitigate risk during crisis events.  
  • Install metal detectors at entrances to the facility, if needed. 
  • Hire security guards or officers to monitor activity in the buildings if possible.
  • Train staff to be observant of the warning signs of potentially violent behavior.
  • Educate students and/or staff about violence. For example, conduct regular and planned active shooter training/drills.  (OF NOTE:  during the Capitol Hill Riots on January 6, 2020, many Hill staffers reported that they immediately relied upon active shooter trainings that they had received while they were in school.  

Planning and Response

Though not all security threats can be avoided, due diligence is your responsibility; if you do not have sufficient security measures in place, you could be held liable for any vandalism, theft or  injury/death that occurs.

  • If your school or business is part of a larger campus or district, you should have plans specific to your facility and then further procedures for collaborating with the larger entity.
  • Make sure your emergency response procedures are comprehensive and up to date. This may include evacuation, building lockdown/lockout, communication with authorities, or other responses depending on the situation. 
  • Conduct regular and planned drills that include your entire population of staff and/or students, so that everyone is familiar with emergency procedures. 
  • Determine which staff members are in charge in an emergency situation and establish a chain of command and reporting for easy communication within the building. 
  • Establish a recovery plan for coping after a crisis situation. This will include physical recovery of building functions and infrastructure, a plan for resuming regular activities as soon as possible, and also emotional recovery for staff and/or students in some situations.

How ASR Can Help 

ASR Alert Systems is a state-of-the-art patented critical incident response technology specializing in the field of threat alert notifications to local Law Enforcement and First Responders in the event of a crisis. The threat notification capabilities include Active Shooter/Assailant, Medical Emergencies, Severe Weather, Security Issues and more.  Here is how it works.

  1. Emergency Presented - An emergency or threat presents itself.  Immediate action is needed to tend to the situation at hand.  Every second counts to save lives and the clock is ticking
  2. System Is Activated - The ASR Alert System (critical incident response technology) is activated via one of the stationary wall-mounted activation points, mobile pendant lanyards or ASR APP. Sirens and strobes are initiated to alert personnel and to disorient the active shooter/assailant.  The system makes the situation clear to everyone.
  3. Instant Alerts Begin DIRECT to LAW ENFORCEMENT - Upon initiation, all personnel within the organization, as well as local law enforcement, will receive immediate emergency alerts via text and email notifications. Our critical incident response technology is the trigger to initiate life-saving response.
  4. Quick Response - The nearest law enforcement personnel will be able to move quickly to neutralize the threat and tend to the emergency at hand. The ASR Alert System saves time by providing the exact location of the threat as well as  the ability to communicate images from the building cameras.

ASR is wholly dedicated to saving time to save lives and we approach our critical incident response technology from the perspective of those responding to crisis events.  ASR offers the best critical incident response technology solution in the industry. Our reliable and redundant methods of alerting persons who are in danger, as well as providing the fastest notification to law enforcement by communicating directly with police dispatch are not matched.  Our patented critical incident response technology uses hard-mounted buttons, mobile pendants and a mobile phone application to DIRECTLY communicate with first responders in the area to significantly decrease response times to an active threat or crisis situation.

Communicating DIRECTLY with first responders is what makes ASR different from every other system on the market, we hold the patent on this technology.

"Though not all security threats can be avoided, due diligence is your responsibility."

All businesses and schools seek to keep their employees, patrons, and students safe.  In a crisis, both bodily safety and financial risk mitigation are of concern.  With the ASR Threat Alert System, your organization can feel confident that technology is in place that will help to keep as many people as safe as possible because Saving Time Saves Lives.

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