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.
Overall, active shooter remains a topic of significant concern. In both 2016 and 2018, the topic survey respondents selected it as a top threat for which they are preparing. Not surprisingly, as so many high-profile mass casualty shootings, including Las Vegas; Sutherland Springs, Texas; Parkland, Florida, occurred since the last survey, the percentage who cite active shooter preparation as a major concern has grown.
Clearly preparing for active shooter incidents has been a point of emphasis over the past two years. The number of organizations who report that they are well prepared jumped from 21 percent in 2016 to 40 percent in 2018; and those reporting that they are not at all prepared fell from 20% in 2016 to 11 percent in 2018. Reinforcing this finding, we asked survey participants if they were more or less prepared than they were two years ago: Two-thirds reported that they were more prepared.
Tomorrow, we’ll dive a little deeper into the survey results and examine how organizations are preparing and what benchmarks they feel are important to reach.