Human Capital Risk Series: When the Unthinkable Happens

By Lowers & Associates,

Does it seem like the unthinkable news about another shooter trying to murder as many innocent people as possible has become almost routine? If it feels this way to you, there’s a reason. The number of “active shooter” incidents—cases where one or more assailants kill or attempt to kill people in a populated area—counted by the FBI has increased dramatically since 2000.

In 2000, there was 1 active shooter incident recorded.  There were 20 incidents in both 2014 and 2015.  In all, there have been 200 active shooter incidents since 2000 somewhere in America.

Some people react to these incidents as if they were “black swan” events, that is, unexpected or surprising events that are impossible to predict. But as these data show, they are rare but they are not accidental nor should they be surprising any more. An active shooter may attack in virtually any location at any time people are present.

This is not a swan, it is a known risk, and risks can be mitigated.

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[Infographic] Active Assailant Incidents on the Rise

By Lowers & Associates,

Preparing for (or even considering) an active assailant incident is a difficult task for anyone. Sadly, we must. The number of these incidents is on the rise, and it is critical to be prepared to predict, prevent, and respond effectively to an event, should one occur.

The FBI reports that over three recent periods, spanning 2000-2015, the average number of incidents has multiplied. Between 2000 and 2006, an average of 6.4 incidents occurred annually. Between 2007 and 2013, the average increased to 16.4 incidents annually. In 2014 and 2015, the number rose dramatically again to 20 per year.

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[SlideShare] A Realistic Look at the Active Shooter Situation

By Lowers & Associates,

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Sadly, the number of active assailant incidents continues to increase, with 40 incidents in 26 states over the past two years. It is more important than ever to consider the risk for your organization, institution or business.

OSHA requires companies to maintain a workplace safe from violence under the General Duty clause. One way to prevent or mitigate a potential loss is to be prepared.

With a thorough understanding, some preventative measures, and some rehearsing, your organization can apply this best practice of preparedness to be better able to effectively predict, prevent, and respond to an active shooter situation on your premises.

Knowledge is power. This is not something to avoid out of fear. With our latest SlideShare presentation you can learn more about the incidents and the perpetrators as well as the steps to being as prepared as possible.

Let us promote safety together. Take action today by reviewing the presentation here:

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