5 Things to Know About Resilience and Recovery After an Active Threat

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(DGIwire) – In a modern world filled with potentially threatening situations, the resilience of any organization depends on the extent to which its employees are prepared, confident and capable of reacting appropriately and efficiently during and after an active threat situation. Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH), a global consulting firm, specializes in developing and disseminating strategies to understand and mitigate active threats and how organizations can best recover from them after they occur.

According to KGH, there are five things to know about resilience and recovery from active threats:

  • Developing an educated and engaged workforce through teaching heightened situational awareness increases each individual’s effectiveness.
  • Risks can be mitigated through education, preparation, planning and practice.
  • The Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 highlighted the need for universities to have not just plans for preventing such events but also preparations for recovering from them.
  • Resilience can be achieved during the immediate aftermath of an event through effective response and recovery actions.
  • Recovery tasks can include providing psychological first aid to those affected; managing legal and insurance liabilities; retaining students, business customers or worshippers; establishing an alternate facility; and regaining reputational branding.

Additional valuable insights along these lines are featured in the April 2017 issue of Active Threat Intelligence Digest, a monthly newsletter published by KGH, which can be accessed here: https://kiernan.co/active-threat-intelligence-digest. The Digest covers topics of interest regarding elements of the active threat phenomenon: active shooter incidents, workplace violence, insider threats and terrorism, with a focus on planning and prevention.

“Security is personal and should become secondary in nature, as fundamental as getting ready for work or running errands,” says Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, CEO of KGH. “Personal empowerment—understanding how to respond effectively to acts of violence—changes the threat dynamic by providing options of how to manage a hostile situation.”

From its lead article, “Preparedness Without Paranoia™: Empowering People to Respond to Active Threats,” written by Dr. Kiernan, to a look at lessons on the tenth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, to an extended and detailed array of insights on building a resilient organization, the newsletter is filled with valuable information.

“We believe the topics discussed in this month’s newsletter will be of great interest to a wide range of stakeholders focused on understanding and mitigating active threats,” Dr. Kiernan adds.