HR Dive: How a combination of tech and planning can help prevent workplace homicide

HR Dive interviews SafeDefend Director of Training Doug Parisi about how HR leaders should address active shooter preparedness. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 9 percent of workplace deaths in 2013 were homicide victims. “Using accurate location and instant notification, any building can be quickly evacuated, removing potential victims from the perpetrator,” Parisi says.

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WAFF 48: Limestone Co. Schools to equip classrooms with SafeDefend

WAFF 48’s Jake Berent reports on the installation of SafeDefend systems in Limestone County, Alabama schools. “This system allows us to fight back because inside this system are non-lethal items like burning mace, a police baton, a battle strobe,” explains Tom Sisk, Limestone County superintendent. Limestone County teachers have been trained on using the system and are prepared to fight back and defend students.

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WAAY 31: Sandy Hook mother hopes to inspire others in the Tennessee Valley

WAAY 31 shares the inspiring story of Sandy Hook mother Michele Gay’s awareness campaign for school safety, and the solution SafeDefend offers. Limestone County, Alabama schools are in the process of installing the SafeDefend system to better protect its student. “At the end of the day, what makes our community safer is when we all come together, and we work together, and we share our perspectives,” Gay urges.

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The Wichita Eagle: Experts: Workplaces should have active-shooter plans in place

The Wichita Eagle’s Tim Potter gives sobering commentary on the recent Hesston, Kansas manufacturing facility shooting with insights from SafeDefend CEO and Founder Jeff Green. The average number of shooting attacks, according to the FBI and Texas State University, increased from one every two months, to more than one a month from 2007 to 2013. Almost all workplace violence is committed by employees who know the facility’s vulnerabilities, “so it’s very difficult to prevent someone from coming in,” says Green. [Subscription required]

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