Facility Risk Assessment for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program

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Markel clients continue to identify security as a concern.  To help support your readiness to handle an active shooter or trespasser that enters your business with ill intent. One of the most important steps for programs to take is to consult with your local law enforcement authority to address local resources and strategies that may be specific to your jurisdiction.

Establishing a risk assessment of your program

To address what needs to occur for your camp to establish an effective response, you should complete a risk assessment of your program. Guidelines for what can be involved with that assessment are provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
According to the NFPA 3000 (PS) – Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program 2018, for each identified at-risk location, the following information shall be considered in the risk assessment and made available to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).
  1. Occupant/ attendee preparedness measures
  2. Building owner or owner representative
  3. Name or other identification of area/ facility
  4. Number of occupants/ attendees and maximum capacity
  5. Age groups of occupants/ attendees
  6. Security capabilities of venue (cameras, security)
  7. Ingress
  8. Egress
  9. Area accessibility
  10. Access control
  11. Facility/ area use
  12. Alarm systems
  13. Existence of fire protection systems
  14. Building construction type
  15. Availability of building map and/ or site plan
  16. Known intelligence
  17. Distance to and capabilities of medical facilities
  18. Nearby structures
  19. Seasonal weather conditions
  20. Emergency responder accessibility
  21. Other relevant information as deemed pertinent

To further assist your response readiness, you can conduct a security vulnerability assessment.  This assessment helps to identify potential threats to your program. You can learn more about a security vulnerability assessment by accessing Markel’s Loss Control website. Additionally, you can also gain access to a 9-minute training video through Markel’s safety video platform, Training Network NOW. A helpful resource from the Department of Homeland Security is also available: Active Shooter – How to Respond.

Ref:    NFPA 3000 (PS) – Standard for an Active Shooter/ Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program 2018.  National Fire Protection Association. Quincy, Massachusetts.2018
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