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Preparing Your Facility for Gun Violence




Dave Lubach July 21, 2016 - Security

Gun violence has dominated the American news cycle recently, as stories of multiple shootings with multiple casualties seem like a nearly daily occurrence on our streets and inside the institutional and commercial facilities in the country.

With new legislation and policies taking effect in the U.S. it is important that facilities and maintenance personnel understand how the laws can impact buildings, inside and out. When it comes to open carry vs. concealed carry, where does your facility fall and what are the rights of your facility? How prepared are you for such an event?

The webcast "Gun Violence in the Workplace: What Facilities Professionals Need to Know," set for Tuesday, July 26, can help facilities managers prepare for such a tragic event. It will: review gun violence statistics and what they mean for commercial buildings; address changing gun legislation; understand facilities rights when it comes to open carry vs. concealed carry policies; discuss best practices for addressing workplace violence; and understand how to create detailed emergency training programs.

The webinar will be hosted by Bo Mitchell, the president of 911 Consulting and the former police commissioner of Wilton, Conn., for 16 years. His firm creates emergency, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis communications and pandemic plans, and develops training for organizations.

A series of Building Operating Management articles from 2013 focuses on K-12 school shootings but offers managers guidance on how to handle an active shooter situation.

K-12 Shootings: Don’t be an Easy Target

K-12 Shootings: 8 Policies to Make Schools Safer

K-12 Shootings: Preparing for the Worst

K-12 Shootings: Who Should Carry Guns in Schools?

This quick read was submitted by Dave Lubach, associate editor for Facility Maintenance Decisions. Reach him at dave.lubach@tradepress.com.

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