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

On February 18, Firestorm® teamed with key national partners for an expanded 120-minute, no-fee virtual active shooter violence crisis exercise.

Firestorm and retired Superintendents from Jefferson and Littleton school districts provided personal insights from the Virginia Tech, Columbine and Arapahoe school shootings.

Led by Jim Satterfield, Firestorm President and Chief Operating Officer and joined by Firestorm Co-founders CEO Harry Rhulen and CAO Suzy Loughlin with other industry experts, these exercises were interactive, illustrating the various phases of an escalating violence incident: how to respond, what to communicate, and response to the unexpected and unknown.

Schools from around the world gathered their teams in conference rooms and virtually, and participated in this valuable exercise.

The exercise allowed participants to experience a cyber crisis environment, learn the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of actions and communications, and view how other businesses responded to an active shooter situation.

This paper is a natural next-step, and is a compilation of active shooter crisis best practices from all of our session panelists.


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