A School Shooting is a Community Shooting. Many people in the community will know either one of the victims or a member or friend of the victim's family. This results in a more urgent need for effective response and a wider need for resiliency services.
The community response is typically massive, utilizing all non-essential community resources. Failure to incorporate best practices, can result in reduced scene access, reduced medical response, and increased chaos.
Sadly, nothing draws a crowd like a fire. It's as if it is hardwired into our genome. And while we as a species seem better able to handle the crisis of a fire better than a shooting or bombing, a fire, especially a large fire, can create as much a need for community health services as any of the other incidents.
The response to natural disasters like flood, earthquake and storms are generally handled by FEMA. However FEMA is not plugged into the community. For a community to heal, it must utilize the resources at hand.
The unthinkable has happened - a crisis event has occurred on your watch. You have a disaster plan, but it is five hundred pages long and you have exactly five minutes to coordinate a response that will carry you through the next 36-72 hours. This response must incorporate all the elements required to address the community, victims, judiciary, media and all the rest. The wrong task list will compound the grief and suffering for the entire community, it will destroy lives and it will be picked apart in the national and local media. Whether or not you have utilized our services, you are going to need our free, up-to-date checklists. If you haven't been through our training, you will likely need our Incident Services as well.
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