Schools, Hospitals, Businesses Prep for Shooters–“This Is Everywhere”


A growing number of schools, hospitals, and businesses across the U.S. are preparing for “active shooters” who indiscriminately kill people, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The possibility of random violence is what Peter Pochowski of the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association calls the “new normal.” He says, “It’s a terrible, terrible situation, but it’s a fact of life. We can’t just ignore it. We have to be prepared for it.”

Since 2004, Wisconsin residents have been killed in mass shootings while worshipping, hunting and attending a party – activities that are all part of the state’s identity. Having a plan in place to deal with an active shooter can help lessen the loss of life in such situations, experts say. “The whole concept is to buy time,” said Dick Sem, president of a security consulting firm. “These violent incidents play out very quickly, 3-10 minutes.” “Unfortunately, this is a topic that has been on our radar screen for a number of years,” said Michael Thiel, director of security for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “It very much has raised everybody’s awareness that it doesn’t just happen somewhere else,” Thiel said. “This is everywhere.”

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