What are the facts behind these incidents? And is your organization prepared to respond should they occur at your workplace? Let’s take a closer look.
The FBI published “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013.” There were at least 160 active shooter incidents in the US during this 13-year period; only those meeting search criteria were included in the study. Here are a few pertinent facts:
What this shows is that there is no rationale for active shooter incidents and that they can occur at any time. However, the FBI indicates organizations do have some control over this situation. Within this study, an active shooter incident “inherently implies that both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event base upon their responses.”
Since the duration of these incidents is so quick, it is imperative that organizations and civilians be prepared to make instant decisions. The FBI also promotes the use of prevention efforts and training to respond to active shooter incidents.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal work injuries resulting from workplace violence increased by 163 cases in 2016. Homicides in the workplace increased by 83 cases that same year, making this the highest number of homicides since 2010. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adds that each year nearly two million people in the US report they are victims of workplace violence. Keep in mind this is only the number of cases reported to OSHA, and among undocumented workers, the figures are thought to be much higher.
The primary causes of workplace violence include:
Certain job types are more likely to experience workplace violence including:
According to OSHA, the best way to prevent workplace violence is to enact a zero-tolerance policy toward such violence. In addition, individuals and businesses should identify risk factors and minimize or prevent these whenever possible.
A cybersecurity threat can occur on several different levels. A data breach typically involves the theft or compromise of personal information. Hacking into a corporate, government, or financial network generates a globalized intrusion. Cyber thieves are also responsible for elaborate financial schemes, such as with the use of ransomware, which adversely affect businesses of all sizes. The FBI reports other types of cybersecurity threats businesses need to take seriously:
In order for first responders to provide the best response to a cybersecurity breach is through proper training. This includes understanding how to collect digital evidence and how to establish post-incident procedures. Organizations also need to understand the workings of cyber concepts, such as social networks, encryption, and digital devices.
In addition to preventing man-made threats, your organization should also focus on preparing for the inevitable. Awareness campaigns provide a way to identify risk factors, improve security, and to know what to do in the case of an incident. The OnSolve emergency alerting solutions are an effective part of any awareness campaign. With our alert notification systems, you can communicate with employees before, during, and after a crisis in a controlled format. Request a demo today to learn more.
Every organization, whether it is in the public or private sector, needs to evaluate the risks that threaten the lives and property of stakeholders. Communication is a key element of any crisis response plan before, during and after an event occurs.Download The White Paper