How to Respond to an Emergency the Right Way

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

The average school shooting lasts 120 seconds. The average police response time is 4 minutes. While 2 minutes does not seem like a long time to wait for help, those minutes can feel like an eternity to victims in the emergency situation. We can see from past school shootings how the timing in an active shooter situation is critical in preventing casualties.

During one of the deadliest mass shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, Nicolas Cruz was in and out of the building in 6 minutes. Killing 17 students and staff and injuring 17. From the time Cruz entered Building 12 and when law enforcement arrived and entered, 13 minutes went by. It was already too late for them to stop him.

Even when schools have security measures and plans in place, everything can change within seconds. When there is an active shooter on campus, it doesn’t take long for them to inflict mass damage. Law enforcement can do all they can, but they essentially lack the tools necessary for an immediate response without actionable information.

Variables that affect average response times:

  • The amount of time preceding the first 911 call

  • The amount of time before dispatch is able to send out an officer

  • The amount of time to learn the location of the threat

  • The distance of travel from the police department to the scene of the shooting

  • The amount of time it takes for back up to arrive

As you can see, there are a number of variables that can affect the outcome of a mass shooting. Right now, security cameras solely rely on humans to visually identify a threat, alert students and staff, and contact authorities. This process leaves a lot of gaps for human error and adds variables to how fast law enforcement can respond and intervene.

When seconds count, minutes don’t matter. Security cameras are merely a reactive system that can be used after a crisis has already unfolded. They can tell you what has happened instead of what is happening. They do not take a proactive approach to mitigate damage and respond immediately to the threat.

When you risk a delay in response to a crisis situation, the outcome can be disastrous. Detecting early warning signs is critical for administrators and first responders to intervene before a situation escalates. The importance of instantaneous notification times cannot be overstated. Taking even seconds off the notification and response times can result in vastly different outcomes.

We developed the KnowWhere Campus Safety System to detect any threat that could be inside or outside of the building and immediately respond to it. When a threat is detected, information is sent to administration and law enforcement. Both will receive a live feed from the KnowWhere system of what and where the threat is. They can visually identify who the threat is, know exactly where they are on campus, what weapon is being used, and how many people are in the vicinity.

From the moment the threat is detected, administration and first responders have their eyes and ears on it. They know all the information they need to make informed decisions. Instead of a response time that is measured in minutes, police are virtually in the building in a matter of seconds from the time the threat is spotted.

Drift Net Securities can give you the safest atmosphere for your entire population of students and staff on campus. Powered through Artificial Intelligence, we fill the gaps that traditional security systems have. Visit our contact page to get set up with a free demo today.

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