Top 10 Tips to Effectively Manage Post-Incident Communication

Oct 30, 2019 2:02:15 PM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in Emergency Response, emergency action plan, post-incident communication


Communication is "the imparting or exchanging of information or news," and "a connection between people or places," according to the New Oxford American Dictionary. 

Miscommunication can happen in scenario, whether it's between a romantic relationship, a partnership with co-workers for a group project or where to go when there is an emergency evacuation. Excellent and effective communication is vital. 

In reality, crises occur daily. In 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported 1,247,321 violent crimes in the United States. This statistic ranges from murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Additionally, the same year, nearly 11,000 deaths were reported as a result of murder or manslaughter involving a firearm. 

Don't risk poor communication following a life-threatening situation. Read below to learn how you can improve post-incident communication and let Active Threat Solutions (ATS) be your guide to safety. 

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Warnings Issued to Troops About Joker Screenings

Oct 4, 2019 8:43:45 AM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in emergency action plan, active threat, active shooter incidents



Movie theaters are attractive because for the bad guy it’s like shooting fish in a barrel,” says David Katz. Katz is the Director of Global Security Group, a New York-based security firm that consults with movie theaters. “Under the best circumstances, you still can’t empty the theater quickly. In an emergency, everyone is pushing toward the same door, thousands and thousands of pounds pushing them along in a very confined space,” Katz continued. 

The public needs to be aware of potential mass shootings that can take place in movie theaters. Particularly, when the release of Warner Bros. movie Joker begins playing on October 4th, 2019. From previous shootings, warnings, and incel activity, we want you to stay safe. 

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National Preparedness Month: Preparing the Workplace

Sep 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in emergency action plan, active threat, active threat training, national preparedness month


During emergencies, at Active Threat Solutions, we believe employers and employers must expect the unexpected. Every year, nearly 2 million U.S. workers will become victims of workplace violence. 

Workplace violence occurs, and we want you to be prepared. Continue reading to pay tribute to National Preparedness Month by discovering the ways you can save your life and the lives of others at your office. 

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What Does a Risk Assessment Consist of?

Aug 21, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in emergency action plan, workplace violence, risk assessment


Why do you think it is essential to conduct a risk assessment in your workplace?

Every year, millions of American workers report having been victims of workplace violence. In 2017, assaults resulted in 18,400 injuries and 458 fatalities, according to Injury Facts.

Continue reading below to learn the importance and development process of a practical risk assessment.

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What to Expect During an Active Shooter Class with our Team

Jun 26, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in emergency action plan, active threat, active threat training, active shooter incidents


It’s a normal day at the office. The sun is shining and you’re sipping on your first cup of coffee, ready to be productive. Unexpectedly, you hear a loud gunshot firing off in the not-so-far distance. You can feel rattled nerves spiralizing down your body. 

Do you want the knowledge, skills and attitudes it takes to save your own life? How about the lives of others? Here at Active Threat Solutions, we provide personable training to audiences of all ages. Our training is applicable to anyone and everyone involved in a wide variety of industries, such as businesses, schools, churches, healthcare and conferences. 

“This training made me think about what I would do should I find myself in a bad situation. I’ve listened to a lot of trainings from the tacti-cool guys in camo trying to be impressive, but this was different. I would recommend this presentation to anyone,” said Michael Howell, Allegheny Design Services, PE, SE, MBA, Senior Structural Engineer, Director Sports & Recreation. 

Read on to learn what to expect during our Active Shooter Training class. 

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The Legality of Active Threat Situations

Apr 3, 2019 8:41:56 AM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in emergency action plan, active threat, crisis management, workplace violence


If an active shooter incident occurred, and your company did not have an emergency action plan (EAP), would your company be held responsible for loss of life, injury, or emotional trauma caused by an event? Do you have emergency evacuation plans and / or sheltering protocols? And, what happens after the event? Will you release a statement to the media? If so, who is the designated point of contact for your company and what should the point of contact say?

Pre and post-incident preparedness are important for your employees safety and because of the legal ramifications attached to active threat situations. If you can’t answer the above questions, your company may need help.

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Three Crisis Management Steps to Use In An Active Threat Situation

Mar 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Frederick Tessari posted in Emergency Response, emergency action plan, First Aid, crisis management


Did you know, that in the event of an active threat, you can potentially save the life of your co-worker, friend, or family member if you know what to do between the time the threat starts and the arrival of police? The techniques taught in our Ten-Minute Medic course can prepare you to take action and save lives.

Continue to read on to learn crisis management tips you could use in an active threat situation, what an active threat timeline looks like and about a medic class you can take.

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Why We Train for Active Threat Survival

Feb 19, 2019 1:15:14 PM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in Threat Analysis, emergency action plan, active threat


On February 15, 2019, a mass shooting occurred at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, Illinois, a suburb 40-miles outside of Chicago. The attacker, a 15-year employee had just been fired.

When an active threat situation like this occurs, many questions come up, including:

  1. What was the motivation behind this attack?

  2. Were there any warning signs we missed?

  3. Is there anything we could have done to prevent this attack?

  4. Could we have prepared our employees for this type of attack?

"We're assessing if there is anything we could have done or could do in the future," Scott Hall, CEO of Mueller Water Products, parent company of Henry Pratt Co., said, adding that he was certain there were some shortcomings that would need to be addressed.

At Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth, this is why we offer training services for active threat survival. Continue reading to learn more active threats and active threat survival.   

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Developing an Emergency Action Plan in the Event of an Active Threat

Dec 19, 2018 1:54:22 PM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in emergency action plan


Today, emergency evacuations are more common than people realize, including evacuations in the workplace. It is important to have an emergency action plan in place in case there is ever an active threat.

Read on to learn how to develop an emergency action plan.

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