On February 8, get ready to Stress-Test your Workplace Violence Plans

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Workplace Violence / Active shooter VIRTUAL EXERCISE

Workplace violence fear is an increasing concern nationally. Do you know what to look for before violence comes to work?  How do your plans reduce these risks and threats?

Join Firestorm and key national partners for an expanded 120-minute, no-fee, virtual workplace violence crisis exercise. Test your plans, identify any gaps, and benchmark your response before a real crisis occurs. Don’t wait for violence; experience what needs to be done before, during, and after a workplace violence event.

Firestorm celebrates more than 10 years of service in empowering people to manage risk and crises. In 2015, more than one thousand companies participated in live Firestorm interactive, virtual exercises.  Firestorm has expanded the virtual exercise format to provide more time for each team to participate and make critical decisions. Join us:

Monday, February 8th 2:00 – 4:00 PM EST

Led by Jim Satterfield, Firestorm President and Chief Operating Officer, these exercises will be interactive, illustrating the various phases of an escalating violence incident: how to respond, what to communicate, and response to the unexpected and unknown.

Preparedness requires comprehensive planning and staff training to identify potential workplace violence issues, develop protocols to address situations, and respond to events that threaten the safety of everyone in your facility.

  • What do you know?
  • What do you do?
  • How do you monitor?
  • What do you communicate and with whom?

What Happens Once a Warning is Triggered?

  • What is the protocol in your organization for reporting an observed threat or behavior of concern?
  • Do you know?
  • Do your employees know?
  • Does the report go through your security team? Or maybe HR? Does it depend on the type of threat?
  • Has the process been tested?

Your plans will be tested in 2016. Will this be before a crisis or in a crisis?


  • Crisis/consequence management overview
  • Exercise structure, objectives and assumptions
  • WPV crisis scenario: series of escalations
  • Hot wash self-review and crisis management maturity model analysis
  • Warning signs and indicators
  • Next steps and resources

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who wants to ensure their business is prepared for an incident of violence:

  • Senior crisis team members
  • Business continuity team members
  • Crisis communication team members
  • Senior leadership
  • Operations
  • Human resources
  • Security professionals

Our Expert Panel


Thomas P. McDonough, Principal

Labor and Preventive Practices, Jackson|Lewis

Thomas P. McDonough is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He counsels employers on a wide range of labor and employment law issues.  Mr. McDonough practices extensively before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York’s Public Employment Relations Board, OSHA, in state and federal courts, and before various administrative agencies.


Ann Pickren, President


Ann Pickren’s experience spans the BC/DR, crisis management and supply chain management sectors, providing strategic counsel for many Fortune 500 companies. As President and COO, Ms. Pickren oversees global marketing and sales operations, including sales engineering, direct sales, OEM and channel sales. She also consults directly with customers to develop emergency management and business continuity best practices.


Suzy Loughlin

Co-Founder, Chief Administrative Officer, Firestorm

Suzy is the co-Founder, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer of Firestorm.  She leads the Behavioral Risk Threat Assessment (BeRThA™) practice within Firestorm. Suzy provides critical decision support to clients, and has extensive experience in the development of crisis management & communications, workplace violence, emergency response, business continuity and communicable illness plans on behalf of corporations and educational institutions.

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Jim Satterfield

Co-Founder, President, Chief Operating Officer, Firestorm

James (Jim) W. Satterfield is the President/COO and co-founder of Firestorm®. Jim is a nationally recognized expert, keynote speaker and presenter on crisis management, threat assessment, disaster preparedness and business continuity planning.

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Firestorm assesses, audits, develops, trains and tests strategies and programs encompassing emergency response, business continuity, crisis management, and crisis communications/PR.  Firestorm demonstrates thought leadership in workplace violence prevention, cyber-breach response, communicable illness/pandemic planning, predictive intelligence, and every preparedness initiative. (800) 321-2219. Visit us on the web at www.firestorm.com


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