Emergency preparedness is the preparation for emergency response before, during, and after an emergency to mitigate risk and bodily injury. Without a carefully crafted emergency plan and the right medical supplies, soft targets are vulnerable to casualty.
What Is a Soft Target?
A soft target is a vulnerable area without the innate ability to protect itself from an attack. They are vulnerable because they are not built to withstand hostiles, and may lack structures and supplies to respond to gunfire or a takeover. As Americans, we sometimes take for granted the peace we’re largely afforded on a daily basis.
And yet, attacks in public places seem to be on the rise, including schools, shopping centers, and sports and concert venues. It is essential for soft targets to develop emergency response plans and train their personnel to protect the public and minimize casualties in the event of an emergency.
Preparing Non-Professionals for Emergency Situations
Most soft targets don’t have armed security or on-staff medical professionals. That’s why it’s important to train all building personnel in some key strategies for preventing and managing emergency situations:
● Recognize and report suspicious activity immediately
● Active shooter training: define whether professionals should fight, hide, or run
● Perform regular training drills with all personnel
● Train personnel to utilize emergency supplies
● Become familiar with Homeland Security’s “Active Shooter: How to Respond”
Medical kits saves lives. As many employees as possible should receive first-aid training so they know how to utilize emergency medical supplies to their fullest capabilities. Skills like properly applying a tourniquet and packing a bullet wound can mean the difference between life and death.
Law enforcement officers, on average, clear an active shooter situation within 15 minutes. For those 15 minutes, EMTs are not permitted to enter the scene. In these instances, building personnel become our first responders – a task they cannot readily complete without proper training and supplies.
Emergency Preparedness Supplies
A good Emergency Backpack will include some, or all, of the following supplies:
● Gauze of varied sizes
● Decompression needles
● Bleeding control kit
● Adhesive bandages
● Antibiotic ointment
● Breathing barrier
● Instant cold compress
● Emergency first aid instruction booklet
Personnel without emergency response training may be entirely ineffective in helping during an emergency situation. Preparing personnel to respond appropriately is absolutely critical for success.
Prepare with Vel Tye
Do you need to reevaluate your plans and supplies for emergency preparedness? We’ve worked with schools and public venues to develop emergency response kits to address their specific needs, and we can do the same for you.
If you’d like to find out more about our emergency preparedness products, contact us.