What is the Role of a Security Professional in an Emergency Situation?

Our Objective is SafetyBefore an emergency occurs at your business, agency, or government office, you want to have a plan in place. Planning is the key to defining roles, duties, and responsibilities in the event of a fire, accident, or shooting. When people are prepared for the worst, they can step up and act on their training during an emergency.

In this uncertain world, it is essential to prepare your security professionals with emergency action plan training. Training must plan for the unexpected and outline procedures to follow, as well as the roles you want security to play in the operation. Depending on the size of your business, security may handle the emergency with or without assistance from your employees.


Knowing What To Do Beforehand

You don’t want to wait until after an emergency occurs to put plans in place. Indeed, you can find training for your professionals that anticipates and prepares for the worst. Questions such as these must be answered:

  • Who notifies emergency officials?
  • What roles do security personnel play in an emergency?
  • Who is in charge of crowd control?
  • What about evacuation plans?


These days, businesses, schools, and governments find dangerous situations that can occur on their premises, whether it’s a bomb, fire, shooter, or something else. It’s best to have your security personnel know the answers to the questions in advance so they can act swiftly and confidently should such a situation occur.

An Explanation of Alyssa’s Law

Alyssa’s LawSometimes it takes a tragedy to pass legislation that protects school children against violence. One such case is Alyssa’s Law, which has been signed into law in New Jersey. This law aims to protect students by requiring schools to put in panic buttons to send silent alerts to law enforcement agencies.


Alyssa’s mother, Lori Alhadeff, is behind the legislation, as the family used to live in New Jersey. She is pushing a similar measure in Florida, where the tragedy occurred on Feb. 14, 2018. The Parkland, FL, school shooting claimed 17 lives, including that of her daughter, Alyssa, 14. She was shot 10 times by an ex-student carrying an AR-15.


The Need for Silent Panic Alarms to Emergency Officials

School and law enforcement officials, as well as politicians, have recognized the need for a way to send out a mass alert, and such an app has been designed. The app could notify law enforcement, as well as school staff, about a threatening situation, threat, or medical emergency. It’s hoped that quick and accurate information provides faster emergency response, as well as notification and preparedness for schools and classrooms. And, that these lead to tragedy averted and lives saved.

Recognizing the Early Warning Signs for Violent Attack

Signs of AggressionHow often do you hear about violence in the workplace or schools? Too often is the answer.


No matter how distasteful this behavior is, we have to recognize that it’s become a part of our modern society, and we need to be prepared for it. There are a few ways that we can be ready to prevent or deal with incidents of this type. Active threat response training is one of the main and most effective ones. Comprehensive training helps you be as safe as possible during an incident and helps you ensure the safety of others.


Before a situation in the workplace escalates to violence, there are often some early warning signs you can watch for.


You are going to be aware of changes in behavior, especially ones that are frequent and intense disruptions to the workplace. A few of the warning signs can include:

  • Crying or Temper Tantrums
  • Disrespect for Authority
  • Swearing or Emotional Language
  • Poor Reaction to Criticism
  • Social Isolation
  • Holding Grudges
  • Lack of Personal Hygiene


Physical signs can range from pacing, trembling, and violent gestures to loud talking, glaring, and abusive language.


A further look at a profile that may indicate a propensity for violence will encompass threatening or intimidating behavior, increased stress, negative personality characteristics, and marked changes in mood.


When your organization undertakes active threat response training, it helps make you aware of potentially hazardous situations and how to respond properly should they occur.

Why Proper Use of Force Training and Certification is Important for Security Teams

Security Tactical TrainingYou’ve made the move of having a security team put in place at your workplace or school. That’s a positive first step, but it’s not the only one you should take. It’s important to have those team members trained to the highest level possible.


At Hedge Tactical Solutions, we know not every company with a security staff recognizes this, and that is why we’ve written a post on the topic. We want people to realize that security tactical training is vital and beneficial for the safety of everyone concerned.


Proper training and certification are important for several reasons. The first is that with the right training, your security officers will be able to do their jobs effectively. That means keeping people safe, and that’s the bottom line with which we are all concerned.


An officer with proper use of security tactical training knows how to subdue and restrain someone who poses a security threat without resorting to excessive force. This minimizes the risk of injury to both parties and limits legal liability for the officer. It also covers your company from a legal standpoint too, as you have taken the step to provide proper training.


Since the legal protections that apply to police officers in the discharge of their duties are different than the ones that cover security guards, making sure your team has the right training provides peace of mind for them and you.

Welcome to the Hedge Tactical Solutions Blog

Hedge Tactical Solutions

The world can be an intimidating and frightening place at times. We’re not saying that to scare you but want to help prepare you for the reality which you can easily see on the news or read online daily.

Yes, there are challenges out there, but they can be met head-on with skills, training, and confidence. The first step is preparation because it’s too late when an incident is occurring to try to adapt and respond. You need to be aware and prepared. In many of these situations seconds matter, and can mean the difference between safety and injury.

That’s why we have created this blog. It is a vehicle to provide valuable information, insight, and knowledge about threats to your facilities, and ways to counteract them. The team at Hedge Tactical Solutions has the skills and experience to deliver active threat response training, and we’ll talk about that next.

We’ll also discuss topics like the importance of school safety protocol, for example. Our goal is to help you remain safe, and we feel that education is the key. As we say, “Doing nothing is not an option.”

This blog will give you options, and it will give you choices. It will become a trusted partner in your preparation and search for the training and skills you need. Welcome. We are glad you are taking steps to ensure your safety and that of those around you.

The Importance of Having Protocol Training in our Schools

Protocol Training in our Schools

Sandy Hook. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Stoneman Douglas High School.

These names are seared into our subconsciousness. They were supposed to be places of learning, friendship, and fun, not settings for darkness and death. But, tragically, such incidents have become all too common. Hardly a week goes by when the news doesn’t carry a report of a shooting that violates the safety of a school or workplace or house of worship.

It may seem like it at times, but the situation is not hopeless. There are options to protect our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. Our slogan of “Doing Nothing Is Not An Option” speaks volumes because if you are prepared for a confrontation, you can act to protect yourself and others.

School protocol is a major step towards safety. Realistic drills teach students and staff how to react in the event of a school shooting. They build confidence while also helping manage and reduce anxiety.

It’s too late when an event is happening to wonder what to do. Training delivers a margin of safety that can make the difference between safety and tragedy.

Information is one of the keys to safety, and that is the mindset behind our active shooter alert app at Hedge Tactical Solutions. A product like this is the perfect complement to your facility protocol. It provides immediate threat information to individuals across the campus and first responders, allowing them to react accordingly.

Shorten Response times During a Campus Shooting with Mobile Security

Security Team at WorkIn today’s modernized society, there’s a lot more than campus security light towers needed to keep students safe. Colleges looking to enhance their disaster preparedness campus-wide can take a proactive approach to their needs with mobile security apps from Hedge Tactical Solutions. At our company, finding ways to preserve our users’ safety in a wide variety of scenarios are our highest priorities.

With live, real-time video feeds and a direct line to first responders, our mobile security apps are the first lines of defense for students throughout the country during campus shootings and other emergencies. Using our innovative mobile tool, being proactive during potential emergencies is simple, safe, and straightforward.

Keeping Those in an Emergency Informed

Our emergency phone app is designed intuitively to shorten response times during campus shootings or other life-threatening emergencies. No matter the severity of the situation, staying informed, and protecting yourself is easy with a comprehensive set of mapping, monitoring, and alert tools in your hands.

The mobile app features several helpful resources, including administrative control over alert closure, in-app user management, and a real-time threat alert system with touch-to-locate mapping. Our unique alert system helps keep everyone in the loop, so regardless of how the situation progresses, you’ll have an easily accessible line of defense at your fingertips.

Preparing Church for an Active Shooter

Family Attending ChurchOne of the most incomprehensible places for a shooting to occur is in a church or similar place of worship. Congregants gather for times of prayer, worship, and shared testimony and do so with the assumption they’ll be safe in such a sacred place. Unfortunately, however, we’ve seen that is not always the case. Sadly, mass shootings in mosques, synagogues, and churches happen here in the United States and around the globe. In fact, in 2016, violent deaths were more frequent at faith-based organizations than at schools.

So, the question is, how do you keep your congregants safe while they are attending services, bible study, or hosting church suppers? Hedge Tactical Solutions Active Alert threat monitoring system is the most comprehensive security resource, available on your computer or your mobile device. This app can mean the difference between life and death in an active-shooter situation.

Chaos will ensue, and tension will be high in an active-shooter scenario. It’s not a situation in which you can calmly call the police and notify them of real-time updates on the situation – but our app can. With a threat monitoring system, you’ll be able to notify emergency responders quickly and effortlessly.

Today more than ever, it’s vital that churches have a protocol in place for keeping their congregation safe in the event of a shooter. Read on to Pt. 2 to learn what steps to take to protect your congregants and minimize casualties.

It’s a situation no one wants to think about let alone actively plan for – a mass shooting in your place of worship. Once upon a time church was a safe refuge for those who just needed some time in prayer and reflection. Church security was unheard of. Today, however, it’s a necessity.

Senior Woman Receiving Emergency TreatmentSo the question is, how do you keep your doors open to all while protecting those inside? Prevention and planning are key.

Have a Plan and Test It – Having a plan doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re prepared. Until you actually practice the plan – until you partner with others to test it – your plan is just that, a plan. Practicing the plan will allow leaders to learn if there are any holes in the design.

Act Fast – When an active shooter first enters a church, the first protocol should be to try to isolate them. Having a pre-planned distress code that trained staff and volunteers recognize immediately allows getting people to safety to start immediately.

Team Effort – While churches want to be inviting, anyone that sees something of concern must communicate it to the security or church leaders.

Emergency Alert System – HTS Active Alert Systems emergency alert app can literally mean the difference between life and death in an active-shooter situation. When chaos ensues, emergency services, including police and ambulance, are just a click away on your mobile device. You can also alert members of your organization, and pinpoint threats, all in a matter of minutes simply by pushing a few buttons.

None of us want to be unprepared when an active shooter enters our church doors. The most important things you can do to protect your members are to make your emergency action plan, practice safety drills, and take measures to prevent violent individuals from harming your congregation

Developing Connected Emergency Response

Man Using a SmartphoneIn the first 21 weeks of 2018, there were 23 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed, which averages out to more than one shooting a week (By Saeed Ahmed and Christina Walker, CNN). If you have a social media account, follow the latest news, or have been personally impacted by this pressing issue at the forefront of our nation’s attention; then you are aware of the shocking violence occurring in schools, businesses, and places of worship across our country. It seems as though one news headline after the other hits the press, innocent lives are taken, and communities are left forever impacted. School officials across the nation have quickly realized the reality they face this back to school season – these headlines aren’t a matter of IF anymore, but rather WHEN. That stark reality has undoubtedly sparked a renewed focus on being able to answer this question, confidently, “How will my school respond to such an emergency?” This article aims to provide the insight needed to understand the components for a robust emergency response plan and guide your search for tactical response tools/training for your school to form a renewed sense of proactive safety this school year.

What does it mean to respond to an emergency? Common examples observed in schools include unwarranted guests at the front entrance, a student with a medical condition losing consciousness or an individual with a firearm entering the building to cause harm. First, it’s necessary to recognize that emergencies arise in many forms and require uniquely different responses. Infinite situational variables can quickly make the task of crafting emergency response plans a bit overwhelming. It’s helpful to begin by assigning these many emergency scenarios into the most commonly observed broad categories which include regular staff needs assistance incidents, medical emergencies, and active threat situations. Anyone of these emergency scenarios requires a unique rapid response among school staff and often emergency responders– but the common theme among them all remains– that seconds matter.

Emergency response preparation is an essential component in your school’s ability to save lives when seconds matter. The multitude of possible scenarios that may arise throughout a school day is ever increasing– especially regarding active threat situations. Each attack is different, every person behind them is distinctly complex, using guns and weapons are becoming more prevalent, and resources to plan such horrendous acts are ever evolving and more available on the internet than ever before. The reality is–no one can truly predict what might happen. For this reason, Dave Kisch (retired police/ school resource officer) believes “Proactively taking time, and spending money to ensure your schools emergency response plans are regularly practiced and improved is the best option in today’s environment,” says security expert.

Consulting with your local police and recruiting a security expert in your area are perfect examples of developing preventative security improvements at your school. These experienced professionals are the most qualified to identify gaps in your building security and can serve as a valuable resource for suggesting hardware and software tactics, along with training. But how will you know when your plan is top-notch? Ask this question to most any safety resource, and they will reply with the commonly used sayings” you won’t know for sure until you try” and “practice makes perfect.” Experts widely consider the communication and training/practice of such plans are an extremely valuable indicator of the effectiveness in emergency response execution during real situations.

Conducting a faculty safety meeting before the school season and once per quarter is a useful practice for building staff awareness of different building safety considerations and their corresponding effect on response actions in all three of the emergency response scenarios. School officials that develop regularly used protocols for responding to non-emergent events lay a foundation for effective life-saving actions taken by staff during ongoing threat events and medical emergencies.

Gaps in Standard Emergency Response Protocol

On April 16th, of 2007, Virginia Tech experienced one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history, leaving thirty-two students and faculty killed. Inadequate response procedures led the campus law enforcement to be unaware of the shooter’s location for over two hours as he moved undetected to another section of the campus where the shooting continued.

This event perfectly illustrates the three large gaps observed by police and first responders in standard emergency response protocol making mitigation especially tricky.

The leading indicators of an emergency’s number of casualties lie in the amount of time expended to notify, map, and communicate the situation to everyone in the building.

A recent study conducted by Purdue University students used computer-based modeling to analyze effective methods for mitigating the impact of an active shooter event. The results of this study and a few similar studies concluded that the time expended between the beginning of the event to its culmination directly correlates to the number of casualties incurred in an active threat event. Their findings illustrate the importance of schools not just focusing on prevention tactics- but mitigation tactics for emergencies after a threat has entered the building.

When all individuals are rapidly notified of the type of situation occurring, they can then more effectively form a solid course of action that can get them to safety. In addition to the inadequate notification, not knowing the location of a perpetrator directly impacts the amount of time it takes for responders to de-escalate the emergency. Identifying a tool which allows for real-time tracking on a facility map also improves staffs ability to decide to evacuate the building to safety or know that locking down in their room is the only option. These unfortunate response gaps were illustrated in the Parkland School Shooting earlier this year. The shooter took 17 lives that day and police reported that his tactical choice to pull the school’s fire alarms led students/staff on the floor above confused as to what was happening and resulted in a few individuals to flee towards the threat instead of away.

Seeking a tool that facilitates the crucial communication of credible information quickly is truly the golden key to ensuring everyone is aware of the situation and is given an adequate chance to seek safety while waiting for first responders to arrive. Example questions that Active Threat Monitoring Systems should help administration answer to save those crucial response time seconds include- where is the danger, where is the emergency? Who are responders looking for? What should they expect? How can that be relayed to everyone in the facility?

In recent years, the security industry has developed some cutting-edge solutions enabling facilities across the nation to overcome these deadly obstacles in emergency response. Active threat systems, mass notification software, and mobile app technology are just a handful of terms to guide your search for tactical tools your school can implement to proactively arm students and staff with the ability to survive in the event of the unthinkable.

Read more about our proprietary real-time threat reporting solution here.

What to Do If You Hear Someone Making Terroristic Threats

In today’s world, you can never be too serious about security threats. Ignoring them is a surefire way to allow an attack to occur. If you hear someone talking about a future attack – a bomb threat, or shooting, or if you hear someone talk about bringing a weapon to a specific place, you cannot ignore it. Here is what you should do if you suspect someone may be planning an attack:

Keep Calm

If you are near the person, do not let on that you heard them. If they are speaking directly to you, act nonchalant. Do your best not to respond fearfully, in case they suspect that you might turn them in.

Find Help

As soon as you can leave this person without raising suspicion, go to a person of authority. Contact the police and head of security at the facility and tell them exactly what you heard.

Important Reminder: If you report a threat and it is not serious, you will not face repercussions. If you hear anyone talking about performing an act of violence, it is better to be safe than sorry. If it turns out to be a false threat, the person who made the threat will be the person who faces the consequences.

Make Use of Your Emergency Alert App

Having an emergency alert app can make reporting and responding to threats that much easier. With Active Alert, you can send security alerts to everyone in your network, and summon first responders with the push of a button on your computer or phone. A threat monitoring system is an essential asset to any facility from businesses, to schools, to places of worship. Contact Hedge Tactical Solutions today to take charge of your security.