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Soft Targets Attractive to Active Shooter Events

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Active shooters pose active threats

The topic of an active shooter event has tragically made headlines once again. Active shooter situations in a soft target location - a mall, school, hospital/health care environment, or sporting event would be disastrous. We have to acknowledge the fact that these locations are indeed soft targets - they lack the infrastructure to deter an attack and, as current events and case study reminds us, are attractive targets. Further, with all the attention and money spent on chem/bio/rad preparedness, I belive that the active shooter situation has been left behind.

Given this, I've decided to re-post Mitigation Journal podcast #187 (an interview with Net Talon) on active shooter situations, as well as excerpts from prior blog posts on the topic.

Click on the player below to listen to the Net Talon interview!

We're all about situational awareness. Numerous articles and sources have talked about the use of civilians as forward observers...that is, those who are engaged in a situation being part of the solution be providing first-hand data to responders. The best example of this is the cell phone videos that make it to mainstream media; those videos taken by civilians who are actually there and perhaps in harms way. Even more recently we've discussed how many 9-1-1 dispatch centers were now accepting emergency calls via text messaging. Suffice to say, those in the midst of a situation have technology available to get important data out to responders.

I had an opportunity to have Donald Jones, Director of Corporate Development, and Ronald DuBois, Director of Administration and Finance at Net Talon join me on Mitigation Journal Podcast edition 187 for an in-depth look at Net Talon and the Virtual Command technology. What you'll hear on Mitigation Journal Podcast this week is perhaps the most invigorating news on the topic of threat mitigation I've heard in a long time.

Please visit Net Talon on at While you're there, be sure to watch their active shooter demonstration.

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