If only there were warning signs visible to all in plenty of time to prevent a crisis on campus.
I reflect often on simpler times and miss them greatly. I remember a time as an elementary school student on a sunny day in the middle of a math or history lesson and an alarm would ring… YES, a fire alarm. We were all pretty sure there was no danger and it was just a drill. After settling down from being startled by the very loud noise, there was excitement as we were officially on break from the lesson and headed out doors for a few unexpected minutes. As the teacher reminded us of the procedures and how to line up and file out in an orderly fashion, we whispered to our friends about after school activities and such as we gathered on our designated lawn spot and just enjoyed the break from class, watching the firemen checking what needed to be checked and having no fears of crisis or disaster.
Now as an adult parent, I cringe when I receive an email on any given morning from the school that my child attends stating there will be an active shooter drill with SWAT teams on site and bomb sniffing dogs that afternoon and parents should not be alarmed. Later, I’d hear from my son firsthand how scary it was at first, but were later told it was a practice and no real danger. My experience of safety drills was “a fun break”. My son’s experience is fear of being harmed and that fear becomes more real and validated too regularly in the daily news. How times have changed.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What can you do to prepare for a safety crisis on your campus?
I would like to introduce you to the concept or methodology of "Think the Unthinkable” and how to prepare for that scenario as suggested by Ed Davis, a 34+ year career law enforcement officer who recently retired from the position of the Police Commissioner for Boston, MA and was responsible for the leadership and management of the terrorist attack and suspect apprehension of the Boston Marathon bombing.
As a seasoned crisis management expert who believes that “those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it”, Ed has now founded Ed Davis LLC a security consulting firm providing security and business solutions to customers nationwide. We would like to share with you some of Ed’s wisdom with an eBook he has authored: Think the Unthinkable: Lessons Learned Through a Career in Law Enforcement.
In this eBook you will learn how to protect your campus from a foreseeable calamity with best practices such as: Planning, practice, communications, collaboration in addition to using your resources.
Topics will include:
- See how planning and defined policies can impact greater success
- Hear about how collaboration beyond your campus borders can advance your preparation process as well as resolve the crisis more quickly
- Learn more about how to leverage technology, such as social media before, during and after a crisis situation to assist in coming to a more expedient resolution