Why Your Local Police Need Access to Your Visitor & Incident Management System
The average active shooter situation lasts 5 to 7 minutes, according to FBI statistics. The standard response time for emergency and rescue services in the United States is approximately 4 to 11 minutes.
A lot of harm can be done between 4 and 11 minutes. For example, during the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, the gunman killed 58 people and wounded 422 in less than 10 minutes, with the injury total rising to over 800 from the panicked crowds attempting to flee. During the 2018 Parkland, Fla. school shooting, 17 people were killed and 17 more were injured in less than 7 minutes. And in Santa Fe, Texas, in 2018, the gunman injured 13 and killed 10 students and school staff in 4 minutes before police arrived on site and apprehended him.
As these examples most tragically demonstrate, in an active shooter situation, time is not on your side.
Local law enforcement will always do their best to arrive on scene as quickly as possible. But with every second counting in an active shooter situation, the best strategy is to keep them informed as much as possible. One way to do so is by ensuring that your visitor management system is connected to your local law enforcement and other first responder teams.
For example, there are visitor management solutions available that will enable manned or unmanned visitor screening at all types of facilities. Users can check visitors’ credentials against watchlists, and the national sex offender database, in near-real-time. If there is a threat identified at any entrance, the system allows silent and/or audible alerts to be sent immediately to designated stakeholders, such as law enforcement.
Some visitor management systems will also alert designated stakeholders, including law enforcement and first responders, via an audible siren sent to all users’ computers or mobile devices in case of an emergency. The siren, audible even if the users are wearing earbuds or have other applications running on their devices, instantly prompts users to take immediate action to initiate their lockdown procedures. Such systems can alert local police, initiate a virtual lockdown, and produce mass emergency notifications via email, SMS/text, mobile and web push notifications. Overall, police and first responders are contacted more quickly, which allows you and your team to respond as they have been trained, versus focusing on trying to contact 911 and possibly wasting valuable time.
Workplace and school shooters have become even more premeditated and have more automatic weapons than ever before, enabling them to make the maximum impact in the shortest amount of time. They have become savvy to the software, access control, camera, hard-wired alarm, panic button, and door-locking systems that can impede or stop them and they realize that they have seconds not minutes to do harm.
A visitor and incident management system that is connected to local police and first responders, and that can quickly send out silent, immediate, mass notifications to mitigate or completely stop an attack, is one of the most effective ways to reduce injury and loss of life in an active shooter situation. The systems can enable the sender and receiver to communicate silently, and the sender can breathe a little easier helping to mitigate the incident from escalating.
Remember, in an active shooter situation, time is not on your side. Ensure that your visitor and incident management system includes the ability to quickly and effectively communicate in near-real time with stakeholders including law enforcement and first responders.
Learn more about the SILVERSHIELD Visitor Management System.
Robin Baker oversees the design and development of SilverShield, a cloud-based Visitor & Emergency Management System, and was also instrumental in ARMS, an anti-piracy security application for the safety of ships and crews at sea. In addition, Robin was also the founder of Learning Today, now known as iReady. Robin works with Schools, as well as Security and Software Development Teams internationally to improve the safety and security of schools today. American Heritage School of Plantation and Boca/Delray has adopted SilverShield and can speak about its effectiveness on their campus as well.
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