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Risk Q&A

Q: Are there risk management lessons to be learned from the shooting in Colorado?

A: While it is extremely difficult to prevent random acts of violence, many risk managers are reviewing their security procedures in the aftermath of the terrible events in Aurora, Colorado.  Access control is an important consideration. For example, physical security can be improved by installing door alarms that activate when exits are propped open for an extended period time.

It is also extremely important to prepare your staff to respond in the event of an emergency. There are some excellent, free resources available to help with staff training. The Department of Homeland Security offers a guide entitled: Active Shooter: How to Respond. FEMA Independent Studies has a free, online course on active shooter scenarios and workplace violence entitled Active Shooter: What You Can Do.