Happy Star Wars day everyone – May the fourth be with you!
In honor of our favorite trilogy, we’d like to share a stormtrooper / security parallel.
We sometimes come across clients who have the mindset that if their security risks are written down on paper, they are somehow more liable were disaster to strike.
We liken this to an ostrich with its head in the sand – if I can’t see the problem it must not exist!
This is an illogical mindset, and it can do your organization more harm than good. Having a risk assessment done for your organization, campus, building, etc. does not increase your chances of disaster. Do you think a tornado cares if you’ve written an emergency plan? You write the emergency plan for tornadoes to be proactive, not to outsmart the tornado. The same holds for an active shooter. You do a risk assessment and write an emergency action plan to be proactive and to be ready in case such a tragedy were to occur.
Some people feel that having a risk assessment done and writing and emergency action plan for an active shooter somehow AIDS AND ABETS an active shooter. Listen, you are NOT outsmarting an active shooter by NOT writing an emergency action plan – that is just flawed logic.
Don’t stick your head in the sand and cover your eyes and ears and pretend like your school, church, campus, building, organization is free from threats. Be proactive and be smart and be ready.