“Are we accepting responsibility for ourselves and preparing to keep our school children, co-workers, customers, and loved ones safe from those intent on violence? Preparation and proactiveness to stop active killers now, more than ever, is essential, and we’re just not getting it.” – Lt. Col. Grossman
COVID-19 & Increased ViolenceGuard911: First, let’s talk about COVID-19. There are reports that national suicide hotline calls are up well over 100% and mental health workers are inundated with calls for help. As we re-open society, will COVID-19 mental health issues contribute to more workplace and school violence, and should organizations plan proactive measures now to help safeguard their property, staff, and visitors? Lt. Col. Grossman: Yes, to both. The fear we are living with and the emotional distancing that’s happening right now is a problem for the mental health of the most vulnerable. There is cause to believe that in the near future we may see increased domestic and foreign terrorist activities, from individuals and groups, which include massacres and sizable acts of violence, including the potential for more attacks on school busses and daycare center massacres. As society opens, it is not enough to be watchful – every business, nonprofit, and school should have a safety plan with panic button technology, like the Guard911® family of services, to deter and defeat killers as soon as possible and save lives.
We Need One Universal Violence Plan Like Our Fire ProtocolGuard911: What advice do you have to create a system of safety nationwide; one that can be implemented with minimal costs and effectiveness? Lt. Col. Grossman: We can’t stop someone’s intent to harm us. However, as a nation, we can create ONE universal safety system that deters, detects, and defeats the killer and mitigates the loss of lives. Mass shootings and massacres are happening regularly, yet we still act surprised when they do and that so many lives were lost, not to mention how many were injured, mentally and physically, and forever changed by the tragedy. However, when it comes to fire prevention and saving lives, we’ve got the fire model down to a science. There has not been a life lost in a school fire in over half a century. We have incredible systems in place and ONE RECOGNIZABLE FIRE PROTOCOL for every public place.
- Exit signs over doors are lit up red.
- Fire alarms are red levers that we pull.
- Red fire extinguishers are universal in how they work and always happen to be within easy reach.
- Businesses and schools have regular, mandated fire drills.
- Fire marshals come and inspect fire systems and safety plans to ensure they are up to code.
- Fire alarm monitors utilize the best of technology to immediately alert the fire department and have them on their way before a person can usually get to a phone and call 911.