The last ambulance has left, but it's far from over

I​n addition to the tragic loss of life and injuries, there are many other things an organization will be faced with in the days, weeks, and months after a mass shooting event.

Having the right systems, procedures, and people in place can help mitigate the physical, psychological, and financial impact an active shooter event will have.

What's next

Depending on the number of victims shot and killed and where the event occurred, it could make headlines across the country or around the world. Although most mass shootings do not receive this type of news coverage, there are several things senior leadership cannot escape.

NEWS MEDIA

Regardless of the reasons, the public wants to know why. Every organization needs to consider how they are going to respond to the news media and the general public after a mass shooting event has occurred.

ACCESSIBILITY

What was hours ago an active business, school, or place of worship is now a crime scene, and authorities won't allow anyone inside. Depending upon the number of victims, it could be days, weeks, or even months before any civilian is allowed inside. 

CLEAN UP

Pools of blood, trauma pads, gloves, victims’ clothing, and other contaminated items are left behind by EMS as they transport the victims to the hospital. Cleaning up after these types of incidents is not done by first responders. This gruesome task is left up to the organization where it occurred.

There's more

The physical, psychological, and financial impact of a mass shooting event can last a lifetime for the victims and their families, as well as for the organization where it occurred.

The financial impact

Although no one can put a price on human life, there are those who will.

After a mass shooting, an organization should expect a slew of lawsuits from survivors (employees and visitors) or the families of those that were killed. Medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional and psychological damage are just some of the things an organization will be sued for.

98%

of Victims Retain attorneys

Attorneys representing employees that were killed or injured will bring in evidence that the employer failed to comply with government regulations.

Federal Law

Occupational Safety Health Act (OSHA) general duty clause, "Section 5 (a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, requires that each employer furnish to each of its employees a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm".

THE TRIAL

If the shooter is apprehended and doesn't plead guilty to the attack, there will be a trial two or three years later, and those who experienced the attack will relive the nightmare all over again.

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At Ninex we understand that the services we provide are something that no one wants to think about, but something that every organization must be prepared for.