#1 Almost everyone in schools, higher education, workplaces, and communities (except the evil doers) prefer preventing incidents over responding to incidents. Preventing incidents from happening requires a coordinated and focused community effort on pre-incident intervention and prevention actions with at-risk individuals by First Preventers. The First Preventers Prevention Platform empowers and equips community resources to take proactive pre-incident prevention actions.
#2 Soaring numbers of at-risk individuals are responsible for record levels of shootings, violence, sex assaults, suicides, and other incidents that require more effective and coordinated actions by community resources to identify, help, and intervene with each and every at-risk individual at the right times and on an ongoing basis. The First Preventers Prevention Platform and First Preventer awareness solves challenges like these and more.
#3 Soaring numbers of at-risk individuals are overwhelming Threat Assessment Teams (TATs) and community efforts to keep up and prevent incidents because most are still utilizing conventional approaches (weekly/monthly meetings, spreadsheets, case management systems, internal systems, emails, texts, etc.) that lack efficiency and accountability. Many conventional approaches are not FERPA or HIPAA compliant so sensitive and personal information that needs to be shared may not be occurring. The First Preventers Prevention Platform and First Preventer awareness helps to solve these efficiency, accountability, compliance challenges and more.
#4 Threat Assessment Team (TAT) experts often comment how initially starting and training a TAT is the easy part, but it is extremely difficult to operationalize, maintain, and sustain TAT members and TAT effectiveness across organizations and across the communities. The First Preventers Prevention Platform and First Preventers awareness empowers and equips organizations and communities to address these TAT challenges and more.
#5 The number of incident reporting options (hotlines, apps, web, text, voice, paper, etc.) are extensive, confusing, and still increasing as entities and government agencies (local, state, and federal levels) continue to add more incident reporting options as well as more incident specific options too. Research reveals many incident reporting options end up in silo systems, organization silos, department silos, and people/trusted adult silos. The First Preventers Prevention Platform provides a proven solution to collect, funnel, and route incident reports from multiple community sources so the information is securely, confidentially, and compliantly shared with the right First Preventers, TAT, and community team members, including accountability at the individual level.
#6 Many incident reporting options (See Something Say Something and many others) are directed to Law Enforcement, but if a crime has not been committed, Law Enforcement at local, state, and federal levels are limited in what actions they can take with the individuals/situation. This dangerous gap has occurred time and time again (Columbine, El Paso, Pulse, Parkland, Buffalo, Nashville, and many others). The First Preventers Prevention Platform empowers and equips Law Enforcement so vital information on at-risk individuals can be easily and securely shared with the right First Preventers and community resources who can take immediate and ongoing action to intervene before crimes and attacks occur.
#7 “Targeted school violence is preventable when communities identify warning signs and intervene. In every case, tragedy was averted by members of the community coming forward when they observed behaviors that elicited concern.” – 2021 Averting Targeted School Violence – US Secret Service/NTAC
The First Preventers Prevention Platform empowers communities to collect warning signs from community sources so community resources (First Preventers) can intervene to avert more tragedies.
#8 “What most attackers share, however, are observable concerning behaviors displayed prior to engaging in violence. Although every act of targeted violence may not be prevented, the risk of future tragedy tragedies can be reduced if the appropriate systems are in place to identify the warning signs, gather information to assess the risk of violence, and apply the appropriate community resources.” – 2022 Hot Yoga Tallahassee – US Secret Service/NTAC
The First Preventers Prevention Platform delivers the appropriate tools and centralized platform to gather information, assess the at-risk individual’s concerning behaviors, and engage the appropriate community resources (First Preventers).
#9 “In short, NTAC’s examination of the attacks contained in this report indicates that targeted violence is preventable when communities are equipped with the appropriate tools, training, and resources to intervene before violence occurs.” – 2023 Mass Attacks in Public Spaces – US Secret Service/NTAC
The First Preventers Prevention Platform and Awareness provides the appropriate tools and training for communities to empower and equip community resources to intervene before violence occurs.
#10 As record levels of shootings, violence, and other incidents and tragedies are occurring, most are now considered reasonably foreseeable and research reveals most of the at-risk individuals responsible for the incidents exhibited pre-incident indicators that were observed and reported, but too many times we find out intervention and prevention actions were not taken because collecting, sharing, assessing, and connecting the dots to see the bigger picture failed. Lawsuits citing negligence and failures to act are resulting in soaring liabilities, costs, and numerous other consequences. The First Preventers Prevention Platform delivers the appropriate tools for TATs and community resources to show legal ready documentation they were aware of the at-risk individual(s) and took appropriate actions even though it is impossible to prevent every incident and attack.
#11 “We failed to connect the dots” is a common excuse after incidents and tragedies. “We failed to connect the dots” has been an excuse for far too long, going back to Columbine, the 9-11 Attacks, and way too many other preventable incidents and tragedies. The First Preventers Prevention Platform is designed to empower and equip organizations and communities to collect and connect the dots – information dots, community sources dots, community resources dots, and numerous other vital dots.
#12 Prevention is measurable. One of the biggest myths that has been talked about for years is you can’t measure prevention, however early adopters implementing the First Preventers Prevention Platform have proven that prevention is measurable. Early adopters can measure prevention with the Awareity Platform (and prevention awareness) because the Awareity Platform is a centralized platform for organizations and communities to collect, funnel, share, assess, investigate, intervene, disrupt, monitor, and prevent at-risk individuals from escalating to an attack. And because the Awareity Platform is centralized and can be utilized to see each at-risk individual that has been identified, see their concerning behaviors, see their warning signs, see investigation results, see behavior assessments, see information gathered (diaries, journals, manifestos, etc.), and see if investigations revealed access to weapons and resources to execute their attack plan, it becomes much easier to show how at-risk individuals were planning their attack, how intervention, disruption, and prevention efforts worked, and how community resources are continuing to work on an ongoing basis to prevent planned attacks.
#13 Security products and personnel are needed, however, it is important to understand the primary purpose of most security products and security personnel is on preparedness for an incident and response to an incident. Preparing for and responding to incidents are both critically needed because it is impossible to prevent all attacks and tragedies. The First Preventers Prevention Platform and First Preventers awareness focus on pre-incident prevention to equip organization and community resources with the appropriate pre-incident prevention tools to complement security products and personnel.
#14 Because most people (except the evil doers) prefer preventing shootings and other incidents over responding to shootings and other incidents, pre-incident prevention is bi-partisan and does not require legislation. Pre-incident prevention requires empowering and equipping communities and organizations with the appropriate tools and training for identifying the at-risk individuals by collecting concerning behaviors (warning signs, leakage, threats, etc.) observed in the community so TATs and community resources can see the bigger picture and take proactive pre-incident intervention and prevention actions before at-risk individuals execute shootings and other incidents. The First Preventers Prevention Platform delivers the appropriate tools and training for TATs and community resources to do what most people want – prevent more incidents before they occur.