Managing Active Shooter Risk

Risk management professionals have always been focused on how to keep accidents and injuries from happening. The word "accident" denotes an event that was not intended, and those unintended events lead to property damage, financial losses, injuries, or even death. In the past several years, there has been a troubling increase in a certain type of event that does not fit the definition of an "accident." These events are intended, and are, in many people's minds, the worst case scenario: the violent intruder scenario.

Violence in the workplace is the second leading cause of on-the-job fatalities in this country and costs the American workforce $36 billion per year. After businesses, schools and universities are the second most frequently attacked location by an active shooter, but the reality is that a violent intruder risk is present at any place with a large number of people, including places of worship, shopping malls, and movie theaters. Risk management professionals are now tasked with trying to determine the best policies and practices to protect the lives of those who service their organization and also those who the organization serves.

Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) has partnered with the ALICE Training Institute for a program that is designed to help our policyholders manage this exposure. Developed after the Columbine school shooting in 1999, ALICE (Alert, Lock-down, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) teaches strategies to survive a life-threatening event. ALICE training is endorsed by the Federal Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the FBI.

Three key steps for managing active shooter risk include:

1. Developing a plan
2. Communicating the plan
3. Training on the plan

"It is very important that all organizations have a realistic plan and policy in place that can mitigate the potential tragedy and eliminate claims of indifference or lack of training," said Greg Crane, ALICE founder and former tactical team leader, SWAT officer, crime scene investigator, and field training officer.

ALICE provides a suite of services, from eLearning tools to in-person seminars. These seminars present a comprehensive program that utilizes infrastructure, technology, and human action to maximize the odds of survival should someone experience an active shooter event. Three key lessons attendees learn include:

  • Early warning signs of potential violent persons
  • Effective strategies besides lock down/secure in place
  • How to train employees and others to respond
More information and resources are available at PHLY policyholders can bring ALICE training to their organization at a discounted rate. Click the button below to receive more information from ALICE.

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