If your workplace has yet to experience a bomb threat, count your lucky stars. In recent years, bomb threats in the workplace have become increasingly more common. While bomb threats are often times just a hoax, they should never be taken lightly and should always be investigated to their full potential regardless of if you […]
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and are pre-planned with no intentional pattern or method to their selection of victims. This type of crisis evolves quickly and often lasts 10 to 15 minutes, […]
CHEMICAL ATTACKS ON THE U.S.: SHOULD WE BE WORRIED? The infamous terrorist group, ISIS, is suspected of launching a chemical attack on U.S. and Iraqi troops at a military base in northern Iraq September 16th. Troops discovered the artillery shell several hundred yards from base found with a “tar-like, black, oily substance”. Tests were conducted, […]
Recent civil disturbances in Charlotte, NC have escalated to a level that is threatening life safety and business continuity to many organizations in the area. The violent protests have caused damage to many facilities and created fear in many civilians. While some peaceful demonstrations do exist, many quickly spiral out of control, and even those that […]
Over the past weekend a series of blasts thought to be connected to a 28-year-old New Jersey man terrorized New York and New Jersey. The bombings began in the morning on Saturday, September 27th 2016 at a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, N.J. Thankfully no one was injured in this incident, but it is […]
An active shooter, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. This attempt is pre-planned and in most cases, there is no specific pattern or method to the selection of victims. Past incidences that have occurred have […]
The landscape of the workplace is changing and not necessarily for the better when it comes to violence. Professionals in every industry have growing concerns for the safety of their employees and are looking for ways to prepare for and respond to a workplace violence incident. Your business’ biggest asset is your people and having a plan to keep them safe should be an intricate part of your business continuity plan.
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Facilities Sector-Specific Plan, there are approximately 740,000 commercial office buildings in the US, providing 12 billion square feet of space to roughly 29 million workers. With that much real estate, property owners and managers are constantly held accountable for a number of services to ensure a safe work environment for their tenants, such as regular structural maintenance. But when it comes to active shooter incidents, there is often tension surrounding who is responsible for what: is the tenant responsible for personnel safety or is the owner/operator responsible?
After Sunday night’s Cubs-Giants game, players, media, grounds crew, and all remaining fans were instructed to evacuate Wrigley Field due to a bomb threat. Police and K9 units searched the ballpark, and within an hour, gave the all-clear. The Cubs were quick to release a statement to the public indicating no evidence was found to prove the threat credible, and all scheduled events at the ballpark will continue as planned.
In a recent FBI study, findings indicate active shooter incidents are becoming more frequent. Because they can occur anywhere at any time, it is important that Crisis Teams remain vigilant in their efforts to prepare for and respond to such incidents. Part of that preparation is ensuring every employee knows what to do should an active shooter enter the work site.