All Shapes and Sizes - Why and How Crisis Management Goes Beyond Gunshots

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April 09, 2020

All Shapes and Sizes: Why and How Crisis Management Goes Beyond Gunshots

When we think of the words “crisis” or “panic,” what first comes to mind?


We usually think of the worst-case scenario - a deranged lunatic that has gone off the deep end and now has put the lives of others within their crosshairs.


It sounds like a sad yet familiar scenario, right?


Very true. However, emergency situations that can benefit from IoT crisis management solutions can come in all shapes and sizes, and what’s the worst thing they all have in common?


They’re not an emergency until after it’s too late; there are no “heads ups” until after the situation is already putting lives in jeopardy. These are often your colleagues, employees, shoppers, and visitors.


We can separate the following into two categories:


  1. Man-made emergencies (such as human error, neglect, violent attacks or terroristic events)
  2. Natural disasters (such as wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.)


From there, we can also consider the places that are most vulnerable to lose numerous lives when an emergency or panic situation strikes:


  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Campuses
  • Warehouses
  • Large Shopping Destinations/Malls


In this article, we’ll cover all of the practical emergency situations in which a system such as ALERTPOINT® Security can and will save lives when the worst becomes a reality, starting with a disaster that hits all too close to home for our California readers.


Violent Attacks

Physical harm caused by a person unto another is terrible, but it’s an act old as time itself. 


We’re all familiar with the term “going postal” which we covered in our previous article. This refers to acts of violence in the workplace, especially in warehouses or offices, where violent crime is on the rise for 2020.


Also on the rise, is the frequency of violent attacks on K-12 and college/university campuses.


These are exactly the types of facilities that will benefit the most from panic alerting and technological emergency management solutions.


In general, there are four types of workplace violence that occur:


  1. Criminal - unpredictable and for the sake of violence itself
  2. Personal - rationalized by discrepancies, disgruntled workers, etc.
  3. Customer/client/etc - caused by the people the business typically services
  4. Between staff - arguments between staff that escalate beyond verbal exchanges

Theft, Destruction & Burglary

While it might slightly pale in comparison to violence against a person, this category is necessary for public institutions and private facilities to safeguard against and best prepare themselves.


More often than not, criminals that vandalize, steal, or break into secured areas will repeat the act again. Whether or not it’s at the same location, having every measure in place to alert authorities as soon as an act is noticed, as well as manage how to deal with an ongoing act, protects property and thus budgets. 


For example, if a thief is in a mall, an advanced panic alerting system will be able to notify pertinent store staff and security personnel in a discrete manner, as to avoid triggering mass hysteria within the mall.


Fires, Floods & Other Natural Disasters

No matter the cause, fire consumes all. While an intruder can violate a single space and move only in a single direction at a time, the spread of fire to your facility can be accelerated by both building materials used in different parts of the building, and wind patterns.


To make matters worse, we’re expecting to only see an increase in natural wildfires throughout the near future within the US.


Yet, to make matters even more troubling for properties used for education, public health, hospitality and so on, arson crimes are on the rise in the US.


Whether the fire is set by hand or caused by natural conditions, having a holistic security and crisis management system in place is essential to minimize damage to property and loss of lives. The sooner a fire is noticed and safety personnel is alerted, the greater the mitigation of property damage or loss of life.


The same goes for flooding - the sooner it’s noticed and alerted the sooner it can be stopped and reduce property damage. Basements are especially vulnerable, and also happen to be cell coverage dead zones. Having adequate emergency management solutions in place allows for maintenance staff to alert authorities. 


Earthquakes are often felt within an entire building, but damage might not occur in all areas. Let’s think of a worst-case scenario - a quake strikes and the entire building shudders. Yet, things seem normal after the aftershocks. However, a maintenance worker in the basement notices that a support beam has been badly damaged, and the building should be immediately evacuated before an entire floor collapses.


In the last scenario, again, what if there’s no wi-fi or cell reception in the basement? How could the staff be quickly notified to evacuate in this situation?


An End-To-End Solution

These days, there are dozens of companies that help facilities best equip for the worst when it comes. Whether it’s a school shooter or a wildfire rapidly encroaching near an office building, make sure that your facility is best prepared to handle any, and all, disasters and crises.



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