If an active shooter is on the loose, you’ll have a little-to-no warning that they are about to attempt to kill and injure people.
An active shooter is someone who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill others in an area that is either populated or confined. Often there is no pattern to the selection of victims. Once there are more than four injured or dead in the situation (excluding the shooter) the active shooter is considered a mass shooter.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to predict when and where an active shooter might strike, but statistics show that 45 % take place in businesses, another 25% in schools and 10% in government facilities.
With statistics like these, you can’t afford to be complacent. What would you do if an active shooter was targeting your business? Do you have appropriate measures in place to alert your employees quickly to such a threat so that they have the best chance of survival?
According to the Department of Homeland Security, having preparedness plans in place and carrying out drills are some of the best ways you can help your employees survive an actual active shooter situation.
Benefits of an active shooter notification system
Investing in an emergency alert system for business that allows you to send active shooter notification messages to your employees could save lives.
An active shooter notification system can work alongside any other strategies that you put in place to protect employees, such as the “Run. Hide. Fight” program recommended by the Department of Homeland Security aimed at encouraging people to get themselves out of an area where an active shooter is quickly, to a place where they are able to alert law enforcement to the situation.
Different systems have different features, but you should look for a system that lets you send active shooter alert messages:
- That is a reliable and stable system available 24/7
- Is easy for employees to operate — some systems are complicated and confusing with a poor user interface, which can result in wasted time when it is needed most
- Will send messages quickly – messages need to reach people within seconds, not minutes
- Is guaranteed to be highly visible – people need to see the alert to be safe!
- Can reach employees on computers as well as phones and other mobile devices
- Is affordable
- Has templates that you can customize and use easily
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Send fast active shooter notifications with DeskAlerts
DeskAlerts has designed a solution to help businesses to respond quickly in a crisis such as an active shooter, enabling them to communicate with employees quickly in under a minute so that they can take measures to be safe.
DeskAlerts is an internal communications software solution that works by sending notifications to employees’ desktop screens in a way that can’t be skipped, minimized or ignored. Messages are displayed even if the employees’ computer is locked or on standby or screensaver modes. It is not only an active shooter notification app. It can also be used to alert employees in a variety of other crisis situations.
Generally, messages are sent from an interface that is accessed through a web browser and messages are displayed in the form of pop-up notifications on employee screens. Employees who are on the road or out of the office can still receive messages if they download a Google or Apple app for their smartphones and tablets, and receive the messages in the form of a push notification.
But when a situation develops so quickly that there isn’t time to log in and compose a message to warn people about danger, or if you aren’t at your desk when an emergency unfolds, there is a feature called a “panic button” which can be accessed either as a shortcut on an administrator’s desktop or via an app on a smartphone or tablet.
The panic button message is created in advance gives your employees notice that there is a dangerous situation unfolding and they need to act quickly to get to safety.
An administrator can quickly and easily create a panic button shortcut by composing a customized emergency message template, downloading it to their computer and then using it to send notifications in a split second.
You can communicate with the entire workforce at the touch of a button, reaching as many people as possible inside a minute.