This morning a Tennessee campus shooting left one student dead.  It’s just another school day in America.

“Every week at schools across America, guns are being brought to school or someone is planning to do so,” says Richard H. Price Principal, Senior Analyst, CPTED CPD with Soteria Group, Safety by Design, who served 21 years as an FBI Special Agent. “If we can’t stop the bullets, the very least we can do is protect the students the best way we know how.”

“With every active shooter rampage that strikes college campuses, school officials need to minimize their risk and maximize the effectiveness of their active shooter response,” says Paul Feist, Principal, Senior Analyst and CPTED CPD, with the Soteria Group, who has 25 years experience in law enforcement.

In answer to these needs, the Soteria Group is offers Snapshot Overview. The Snapshot Overview is our opportunity to find out what reports, plans, and other documents you already have in place.

We look for the controls and processes that function to mitigate vulnerabilities in your organization and identify those that may be missing. This data-dive provides us with a basis of understanding that will determine the steps and process to be taken for a future Vulnerability Assessment. Conducting a Snapshot Overview is the first step an organization should take when developing a Safety or Emergency Operational Plan, and periodically as a maintenance practice to keep the plans up to date with changes to your organization.

The Snapshot Overview:

  • Identifies existing risk management strategies and policies
  • Provides a roadmap to identify individual vulnerabilities
  • Develops a matrix of your options and assesses them against your priorities
  • Indicates the appropriate approach and plan for your facility
  • Identifies how your resources (physical and procedural) are allocated
  • Provides you a detailed time and expense estimate for a full Vulnerability Assessment

The findings from the Snapshot Overview will lay the groundwork to conduct a thorough, and comprehensive Vulnerability Assessment of your organization’s ability to navigate danger.

Structured like a bank stress test, in a seminar setting, Soteria will create an analysis of an various violence scenarios to determine whether your campus has the resources, training and infrastructure to deal with such an attack.

“Being prepared is the key to saving lives. With our experience we can guide your team through the worst cases and best practices.” says Arthur R. Tatum, Director of Design for FBT Architects and Principal of Soteria’s Environmental Design Division.

To get the safety conversation started, give the Soteria Group a call (505-369-7436) to arrange an active shooter risk and response training session for your team.  The Soteria Group also offers the following more intensive trainings:

Active Shooter Response Training

Building An Emergency Operation Plan


Crisis Management Team (CMT) Formation and Function Training

Emergency Management Training

National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command Systems (ICS) Training

Target Hardening/CPTED

You can’t think your school is immune. 295 school shootings so far this year prove that it is only a matter of time before the next school shooting hits your area. Act now.