The school shooting last Wednesday in Parkland, Florida was the twenty-fifth fatal, active school shooting since the incident at Columbine High School in 1999. Along with the rest of the nation, we pray for the victims, families and the Parkland community at this terrible time.
The authorities are still releasing information concerning the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th - so a complete and accurate version of the shooting is not yet in place. However, based on the information we have at this time, it seems that the actions of the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19 years of age, depict a different approach taken by an active shooter who had firsthand knowledge and operational details about his target. Wright Specialty insureds need to review this new pattern to determine if an attack like this is addressed in the emergency management plan.
Wright Specialty insureds are encouraged to incorporate this threat scenario into their existing plans. It is critical that every security employee or contractor has an accurate list of students and others who not allowed on the campus.
Cruz's Actions in Light of the Information in the FBI's The School Shooter: A Quick Reference Guide.
The report - The School Shooter: A Quick Reference Guide (Guide)  contains information compiled from different reports and studies published by the US Secret Service, US Department of Education and other sources. It lists many characteristics of school shooters and school shootings; questions for threat assessments; possible motives; and relevant statistics and warning signs. While Cruz's behavior (at this point) does not completely match the information contained in the Guide, there are many similarities that make the information in this report worth studying:
 This document can be found at: https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=727626
The National Weather Service temperature map has the majority of the continental U.W. with freezing temperatures, in some cases reaching as far as South Texas and Florida. Heavy Lake Effect snow continues around the Great lakes.
A cyber consultant calls it a real nightmare. Our schools are being attacked and don't have the resources to fight back. What can the school do to protect themselves from cyber thieves? According to a Wall Street Journal article posted on ProgramBusiness.com, the facts indicate no matter how much you spend you will never be close to having full protection. The criminals will always find new ways to penetrate your computer network.
As a result of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, the existing emergency service structure in Houston was overwhelmed. Houston city officials indicated that their 911 service received 56,000 calls in a single 15 hour period. The flooding, continuous rain and impassible roads hampered assistance from outside of the affected area.
On August 21, 2017 there will be a total solar eclipse that will be seen across much of the USA. Eclipses are relatively rare events that draw significant attention in the academic community.
Summer heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities in the United States. Anyone exposed to extreme heat - including people working outdoors - is at risk for heat stress. In an educational setting, this also includes campers, athletes, as well as counselors, coaches and volunteers.
The use of inflatable play equipment (air-filled structures designed to be jumped on, such as "moon bounce" or "spacewalk" equipment) increases at this time for end of the year events and during the summer when camps are operating. It is a good time to review some of the safety best practices regarding inflatable equipment.
As we celebrate the festive days of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the New Year, safety and risk management professionals anticipate an increase in accidents and fires resulting from seasonal hazards. Unfortunately, schools, colleges and universities are not immune to these exposures.
Teleflex Medical, manufacturer of the MAD300 mucosal atomization device that's part of naloxone ("narcan") delivery systems used by opioid overdose prevention programs across the country − including many WSI clients − has issued a recall notification.
On October 8 and October 9, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire ravaged the city of Chicago, killing more than 250 people, destroying over 17,400 structures and leaving 100,000 homeless. Fire Prevention Week was created to commemorate this tragic event and to promote - and raise awareness - about fire safety in the Unites States.