Late last year, Security Management partnered with Everbridge on a benchmarking survey studying active shooter incident preparedness and response. The survey was similar to one that Everbridge conducted in 2016 and helps illuminate how perceptions of, and preparedness for, active shooter incidents have evolved.
Yesterday, we examined where active shooter preparation falls in priority for security directors (spoiler: it’s important) and how prepared they felt (another spoiler: improving, but still three in five would prefer to be more prepared).
Today, we’ll take another high-level view, this time at the things organizations have done to prepare.
Training and education on active shooter situations was reported as the single most impactful investment organizations have made at 46 percent. Respondents also reported that Increased onsite security (15 percent) and investments in communications technology (8 percent) were also impactful steps. More than one in 10 reported that they had made no investments at all.
Drills are one way to actualize education and training, enhancing the tactic’s effectiveness. Nearly two-thirds of organizations report never running active shooter preparation drills. Of those that do, most do so once a year.
The study is available for download here. Security Management regularly covers issues of workplace violence and active shooter incidents. You can read more in "After an Active Shooter" or "Put Training to the Test."