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Securing the Future: Lessons from Virginia Beach

For most working people, Friday afternoons have a special kind of grace.  It’s the end of the work week.  People are looking forward to family time, barbeques, sleeping in.  In Virginia Beach on the afternoon of May 31st, there were dozens of events planned all over town.  It was just ...

An Alternative to Gun Free Zones

It’s not what you think. Do gun free zones really make us safer? Nearly all of the 173 mass shootings [1]in the US so far in 2019 and the innumerable gun incidents that were not mass shootings occurred in gun free zones. Schools, malls, offices, churches and arenas are predominantly gun free zones.  ...

Fear and the Price of Security Vulnerability

There’s no getting around it.  We live in an uncertain world full of security vulnerability.  Those who remember the liminal moments just before and just after the first plane hit the World Trade Center understand the distinctness of then and now.  There was a time before Columbine when schools were ...

Revamp School Security–Marry Existing Cameras & AI

For some time, the call to “harden our schools” has been sounded by politicians, parents, teachers, school leaders, news outlets and citizens heartbroken and terrified by mass school shootings across the nation.  However, the term “harden” seems to mean different things to different people.  For some, it means training and ...

Active Shooter Response – Saving Crucial Minutes in The Response Process Helps Fire/EMS Save Lives

Giving Responders the Who & Where in Seconds By Rupa Shah & Richard Ryan – Advisers to Athena Security, Inc. March 2019 When mass shootings happen, saving minutes in the response process helps police and Fire /EMS save lives. The unfortunate reality is that active shooter incidents are occurring with ...

Timing Is Everything

Timing Is Everything The timing in active shooter situations is changing.  In the past, the time between the first shot fired and the arrival of the police has been measured in long, tortuous minutes, minutes that felt like an eternity to victims.  In some cases, it has taken as much ...

Active Shooter Response – Minutes Save Lives

Giving Responders the Who, What, Where & When in Seconds By Rupa Shah & Richard Ryan – Advisers to Athena Security, Inc. What could responders to mass shootings do with an extra 5 minutes? About half of mass shootings are still active when police arrive. The valiant efforts of these officers ...

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission Report: A Teaching Moment

On January 2nd, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission released its initial report.  Much was made in the press about one of the recommendations. However, the report is more than a single recommendation.  It begins in the only way possible, in loving memory of the seventeen people who ...

Building Fortress America

Combatting Mass Shootings with Artificial Intelligence Instead of Checkpoints Image courtesy of Pinterest By Rupa Shah & Richard Ryan – Advisors to Athena Security, Inc. Gun violence and mass shootings are an epidemic. Until we figure out how to prevent them, we need to continue to take steps to deter ...

Hospital Safety: A Growing Threat

Hospitals are places where we care for the sick and the vulnerable.  Most of our children are born there.  The elderly and the injured are taken there for care. Highly trained doctors, nurses, and technicians see to the healing and the comfort of the most vulnerable people in our society.  When ...

Corporate Security for the 21st Century

Corporations often have valuable assets onsite in their offices.  However, it is the people who work there who are absolutely any corporation’s greatest asset.  So, businesses have plans for keeping their people safe.  There’s a plan to evacuate in place in case of fire.  If the weather is bad, there ...

Timing In The Stoneman Douglas Shooting

In the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting where 17 innocent teenagers were killed and another 17 were injured in one of the deadliest school massacres of all times. Nikolas Cruz came into Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and started shooting at 2:21 pm. Nikolas shot ...

How Often Do Mass Shootings Occur At Schools?

Primary Targets — How Often Do Mass Shootings Occur at Schools? If it feels like there are a lot of mass shootings in the U.S., it’s likely because on average there is one per day. At the end of December 2015, The New York Times calculated how often, on average, shootings ...

Triggered: Shooter Kills 2 And Wounds 3 At Cincinnati Bank Headquarters — But Why?

Investigators are still trying to determine why a lone gunman strolled into the headquarters of Fifth Third Center bank with his right arm extended and started shooting his 9mm handgun at innocent employees on September 6th. Four minutes and 28 seconds later two were dead and three injured. But why? ...

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