Almost everyone has been impacted in one way or another by increasing stressors, fears, and liabilities related to increasing incidents with shootings, workplace violence, school violence, community violence, domestic violence, assaults, drug overdoses, human trafficking, cyber bullying, suicides, and numerous other incidents.
Have you experienced an incident? Did you experience any of these 8 recurring and costly problems?
How many times have you been involved in an incident and found out afterwards that other people and other systems had pre-incident indicators (concerning behaviors, previous behaviors, suspicious activities, leakage, etc.) that could have been utilized to intervene and prevent the tragic and costly incident from occurring? Most agree this happens a lot and my 20+ years of research validates this too.
How do you solve Problem #1? First, you need to understand several other related problems.
Have you experienced or are you concerned with any of these problems?
- Problem #2 – Multiple Incident Reporting Options Existed, But They Were Scattered Silos
- Problem #3 – Multiple Sources of Pre-Incident Indicators Existed, But Not Collected and Shared
- Problem #4 – Multiple Internal Resources Were Available, But Did Not See All Pre-Incident Indicators
- Problem #5 – Multiple External Resources Were Available, But Not Coordinated and Connected
- Problem #6 – Numbers of At-Risk Individuals Soaring With More and More Stressors and Grievances
- Problem #7 – Shootings & Violence Increasing Even With BILLIONS Being Spent on Security
- Problem #8 – Costs of Lawsuits For Not Utilizing Pre-Incident Indicators & Negligence Are Soaring
Below is an overview of each of these 5 recurring and costly problems and 3 related problems and an overview of the solution follows.
Problem #1 – Prevention Failed Even Though Pre-Incident Indicators Almost Always Existed BEFORE
Problem #1 – After incidents and tragedies (shootings, workplace violence, school violence, suicides, abuse, and other tragedies) almost always we learn there were more than enough Pre-Incident Indicators exhibited by the at-risk individuals and observed/reported by one or multiple sources. These pre-incident indicators should have led to pre-incident intervention and prevention actions by more than enough resources that were also available. This is a big, recurring, dangerous, and costly problem and “blind spot” that exists in schools, workplaces, organizations, and communities and needs to be resolved by executive level management’s leadership and awareness of all recurring and related problems identified here.
Problem #2 – Multiple Incident Reporting Options Existed, But They Were Scattered Silos
Problem #2 – Multiple Incident Reporting options almost always existed as hotlines, apps, text lines, web-based forms, email, trusted adults, law enforcement, and others too. Hotlines almost always exist at the organizational level, community level, state level, and even federal level. For example, See Something Say Something, Crime Stoppers, and other law enforcement options have been around for many years and many states have added their own hotline options as well. There are also specialty hotlines for suicides, sex abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, drugs, fraud, ethics, gangs, bullying, workplace violence, and others. Research reveals after most incidents that pre-incident indicators related to the at-risk individual(s) were observed and reported, but the indicators were scattered across multiple incident reporting silos (systems, people, entities, etc.). The problem with scattered incident reporting silos is big, recurring, and is a dangerous “blind spot” that can also lead to huge liabilities discussed in problem #8.
Problem #3 – Multiple Sources of Pre-Incident Indicators Existed, But Not Collected and Shared
Problem #3 – Multiple Sources of Pre-Incident Indicators almost always existed, but observations and reports were scattered across multiple incident reporting tip lines (phone, email, text, apps, specialty lines, etc.), scattered across multiple people (trusted adults, administration, students, employees, family, friends, etc.), scattered across silo systems (HR, Security, Student, Compliance, Counseling, Mental Health, Legal, Law Enforcement, Judicial, and others) and numerous other Pre-Incident Indicators (historical behaviors, interventions, crimes, mental health, and other concerning behaviors) were scattered across external and third-party sources.
Problem #4 – Multiple Internal Resources Were Available, But Did Not See All Pre-Incident Indicators
Problem #4 – Multiple Internal Resources (TATs, TMTs, Crisis, Intervention, EAP, WPV, HR, Security, Risk, Legal, etc.) were available to act on Pre-Incident Indicators, but the Pre-Incident Indicators were scattered (Problem #2) because there was no centralized prevention-focused platform to funnel information from multiple Sources and securely share information with Internal Resources while meeting privacy and confidentiality compliance to ensure all appropriate Internal Resources were coordinated in real time to see the bigger picture with all the Pre-Incident Indicators so the Internal Resources could take immediate and ongoing pre-incident intervention and prevention actions before the incident occurred.
Problem #5 – Multiple External Resources Were Available, But Not Coordinated and Connected
Problem #5 – Multiple External Resources (Mental Health, Social Workers, EAP, Behavioral Assessment Experts, Psychologists, Legal, Law Enforcement, Risk Experts, Terrorism Experts, and others) were available to act on Pre-Incident Indicators, but the Pre-Incident Indicators were scattered and there was no centralized prevention-focused platform to securely share information with External Resources while meeting privacy and confidentiality compliance requirements to ensure all appropriate External Resources were coordinated in real time to see the bigger picture with all Pre-Incident Indicators so External Resources could assist in taking immediate and ongoing pre-incident intervention and prevention actions before the incident occurred.
Problem #6 – Numbers of At-Risk Individuals Soaring With More and More Stressors and Grievances
Problem #6 – Numbers of at-risk individuals are soaring due to new as well as ongoing stressors (covid, race, religion, financial, health, and others) and grievances (fear, pain, job loss, politics, inflation, extremism, and others). More at-risk individuals are lashing out with shootings, violence, hate crimes, bullying, abuse, extremism, suicide, drug overdoses, and numerous other incidents and tragedies. The soaring numbers of at-risk individuals are overwhelming Internal Resources, External Resources, and conventional inefficient processes (emails, texts, voicemails, spreadsheets, case management, meetings, and other manual efforts) that contribute to rather than help to solve Problems 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Problem #7 – Shootings & Violence Increasing Even With BILLIONS Being Spent on Security
Problem #7 – Shootings and Violence Increasing even though schools, workplaces, organizations, and communities are spending over $100 BILLION (projected to be nearly $200 Billion by 2030) on Security products, personnel, training, and services. Even though schools have increased their spending to more than $3 BILLION annually on security products (cameras, alarms, panic buttons, locks, mass notification, shot detection, gun detection, and others), school shootings are still increasing. One reason is security products are not designed to focus on Pre-Incident Prevention Problems 1 thru 4 above, most security products are designed to react, respond, and mitigate an incident that has already started because Pre-Incident Prevention failed.
Problem #8 – Costs of Lawsuits For Not Utilizing Pre-Incident Indicators & Negligence Are Soaring
Problem #8 – Costs of lawsuits and settlements for not utilizing existing Pre-Incident Indicators and negligence in preventing incidents and tragedies are soaring. Because Pre-Incident Indicators almost always exist, it is getting easier for attorneys to prove negligence for not taking actions even though others were aware of the Pre-Incident Indicators. One significant example and precedent is the FBI settling with families of the Parkland shooting for $127.5 Million for failing to act on See Something Say Something reports by community sources. The lawsuit filed in response to the Oxford school shooting is $100 MILLION and the lawsuit filed in response to the Uvalde school shooting is $27 BILLION… and Pre-Incident Indicators existed in these and most other school shootings.
The SOLUTION is based on my 20+ years of extensive research, lessons learned, and reverse engineering of hundreds and hundreds of incidents and tragedies that HAD more than enough Pre-Incident Indicators, HAD multiple incident reporting options, HAD multiple Sources, and HAD multiple Resources – but still failed to Intervene, Disrupt, and Prevent the incidents from occurring.
The SOLUTION started in 2015 when several early adopters became leaders in Pre-Incident Prevention and started delivering better safety for their people. The SOLUTION continues to gain traction and continues to solve costly problems that have existed for far too long.
If you have experienced incidents, tragedies, and lawsuits where you learned afterwards that others were aware of Pre-Incident Indicators BEFORE the incident occurred, then these near misses or incidents reveal these recurring and costly problems exist and need proven SOLUTIONS immediately.
Don’t wait for an incident or tragedy to occur or a multi-million-dollar lawsuit… act now and set up a Pre-Incident Prevention discovery meeting with the expert – Rick Shaw. Meeting slots are limited to Rick’s availability, so send your preferred days and times to Info@Awareity.com and we will do our best to get you scheduled.