President Obama’s speech on Sunday night gave us confirmation that what happened in San Bernardino on December 2nd was, indeed, an act of terrorism. Most of us already concluded this fact based on what the media reported. While the Obama Administration works diligently to fight the threat of terrorism and presidential candidates hash out their own opinions and strategies on what they think should happen, there is a heightened sense of awareness for our own safety.
If this could happen at the Inland Regional Center in California—where else could it happen?
It’s a scary thought. But there is a silver lining to every cloud.
It has been reported that the employees at the Inland Regional Center—which serves individuals with developmental disabilities—had recently completed active shooter training and, in fact, thought the emergency notification alarms that sounded was the initiation of another round of practice.
It is admirable the Inland Regional Center’s leadership has put into a place an active shooter training program and it is very likely that the training they had helped save lives that day.
While I don’t know for sure if the Inland Regional Center used an emergency notification system, it was reported that the employees were at least notified via an alarm about the emergency. We hope and pray that each and every day is a good day, but there are times when a crisis could happen—just like on that fateful Wednesday. Any form of emergency notification system is good, especially a mass notification system like RedFlag, that can provide people concise messages to keep them aware—communication is key part of our everyday lives and is a critical component that can help save lives in an emergency.
It is natural to feel an adrenaline rush or even to panic during an emergency situation. Lots of training and preparation will help mitigate nerves and allow us to be calm during a calamity. One key way to prepare for a critical situation is to pre-write emergency notification messages for a variety of situations—including for an active shooter crisis.
Following are a few pointers that will be helpful when you are creating your emergency notification plan and when pre-writing messages. Writing messages in advance that will be effective in helping to keep people safe in a crisis situation takes some time, but is for the wellbeing of everyone. To write the right emergency notification messages, follow these tips:
My hope is that no organization ever has to go through what the people at the Inland Reginal Center had to go through on what should have been a beautiful December day, but hope is not a guarantee. Plan, prepare, train and write emergency notification messages so you can be on point when it counts.
See how RedFlag can help you protect what matters most.