As you may recall, we recently noted that Abnormal Use editor Jim Dedman, along with contributor Rob Corney, would be attending the Hospitality Law Conference in Houston this week. Jim spoke at the conference not once, but twice, first on legal ethics and technology, and again on preparedness for an active shooter situation.
Writing for Hotel Business, Nicole Carlino quoted Jim in a piece that was just run:
Meanwhile, Jim Dedman, partner, Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A., discussed active shooter situations. “Studies suggest 10-15 minutes is about the amount of time these incidents take to unfold,” he said, noting that this means preparedness and training is paramount.
“How do we as attorneys or risk managers conceptualize and attempt to respond to an incident that is violent, rapidly evolving and unpredictable? Is this something we address pre-incident from a human resources standpoint where we attempt to de-escalate or recognize potential signs of violence? Is this something that we address by virtue of a preparedness plan or safety policy? Is this something we look to federal publications, which advise people who find themselves in an active shooter situation should run, and if they can’t run, to hide, and if they can’t hide, then fight? Is this something we address like earthquakes or fires in training?” he asked. “The answer to those questions is it’s a bit of all of them; it depends on the nature of your business, the size of your business and the location of your business.”
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