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Memorial mementos were left at the Gold Spa in Atlanta in the days following a mass shooting there. (Photo: John disney/ALM Media LLC) Memorial mementos were left at the Gold Spa in Atlanta in the days following a mass shooting there. (Photo: John disney/ALM Media LLC)

As Americans hear near-weekly stories about armed intruders causing destruction in businesses, houses of worship, nightclubs and shopping malls, they are understandably concerned about whether they might be the next victim. Although an organization cannot fully control its exposure to a violent incident, it can be ready.

Here are answers to commonly asked questions about armed intruder preparedness.

Are there steps an organization can take to prevent an armed intruder incident from happening in the first place?

Absolutely. Prevention of this sort of risk is all about connecting the pieces of the puzzle that indicate an attack is being considered. Three important steps you can take include:

 

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