Schools have been using lockdown protocols with success for the past 30 to 40 years. Acts of workplace violence, emergency room shootings, K-12 and higher education shooting rampages demonstrate the need for our campuses to have this lifesaving capability.
With gang-related crime on the rise again, traditional law enforcement agencies have their hands full trying to combat this disturbing trend. Considering schools are often the recruiting grounds for new members, it makes sense that campuses do their part to discourage gang involvement.
Communications can be a campus’ greatest asset or biggest vulnerability. Long before an emergency occurs, universities, schools and hospitals should plan on how they will deal with the media, employees and public during and after an incident. If they wait, irreversible damage to the reputation and life of the institution could result.