September 19, 2019
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tina_rowe_100Last week, members and guests had the pleasure of hearing speaker Tina Rowe present on how to plan for the bigger picture when it comes to safety and security. With over 30 years of working experience in law enforcement, Rowe brought plenty of insight into how we can all better prepare for unexpected disruptions at events. 

Rowe explains that when it comes to preparing for any unexpected obstacles at an event, we cannot just think about the obvious threats of a violent or threatening attacker. We must all think about the bigger picture and every little component of an event that can go wrong and where things can go wrong. She places all of these components into 5 categories, or the 5-Ps of an event: Places, Property, People, Programs, and Processes. By identifying the 5-Ps, you can then take steps to keep them secure and safe. Safety concerns might not be obvious right away, but by taking some time to sit and think about every single possibility can go a long way in making sure you are prepared for anything that could happen.

She is a big promotor of the idea of Defensive Living. By living defensively, Rowe believes we can avoid many safety obstacles as well as be prepared for the unexpected. Part of this is asking ourselves “What could go wrong?” at every step of the planning and implementation process, observing with purpose, and responding to “Uh oh!” moments. If someone looks threatening or out of place, don’t just ignore it. Walk up and ask who they are or who they are with. If you identify a possible concern, don’t just hope for the best – put a plan into place should something go wrong or change it up so that there is no longer a concern. A great piece of advice Rowe had to offer was simply to live defensively right away and explain later. You might insult someone in the moment trying to bring up a safety concern, but it is much better than the alternative of something going very wrong later on.

Finally, Rowe touched on a topic that has been on many people’s mind in current news: A violent assailant. She defines an assailant as anyone who plans aggression, with or without a weapon. Their advantages are that they know what they intend to do and how they will do it, they are prepared for what they are going to do, and when they attack, they are the only ones who are not surprised or confused. However, with the right plans, we can reduce those advantages. The most fundamental plan you can have in place is to “Run, Hide, Fight”. If you cannot run or hide or call for help, fighting back takes away their advantage of being the only one not confused. By yelling, screaming, or throwing things, the assailant will become confused and will be slowed down. You are giving yourself the advantage of startling and confusing the assailant. It is important that everyone on your team has the same plan, so should something happen, everyone can jump into action and deter the threat as much as possible. 

Rowe did a great job of showing how we can all go back to the most fundamental and simple ways of assessing risk and safety concerns in order to put together a very comprehensive plan. Simply asking “What can go wrong” or just teaching everyone the 3 words “Run, Hide, Fight” can truly go a very long way.

Written by: MPI-RMC Member, Paula Herrera
Director, Sourcing & Programming with Thallo

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