Facility Risk Assessment for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program
Markel’s Camp Safety 1st Award survey continues to identify camp security as a concern expressed by our camp policyholders. Many of the responses ask for resources to help support a camp’s readiness to handle an active shooter or trespasser that enters camp 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.
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).
- Occupant/ attendee preparedness measures
- Building owner or owner representative
- Name or other identification of area/ facility
- Number of occupants/ attendees and maximum capacity
- Age groups of occupants/ attendees
- Security capabilities of venue (cameras, security)
- Area accessibility
- Access control
- Facility/ area use
- Alarm systems
- Existence of fire protection systems
- Building construction type
- Availability of building map and/ or site plan
- Known intelligence
- Distance to and capabilities of medical facilities
- Nearby structures
- Seasonal weather conditions
- Emergency responder accessibility
- 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 risk management website. You can also gain access to a 9-minute training video available through Markel’s new safety video platform, Training Network NOW.
Ref: NFPA 3000 (PS) – Standard for an Active Shooter/ Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program 2018. National Fire Protection Association. Quincy, Massachusetts.2018