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Wall Street Journal: The Safety Lessons of Columbine, Re-Examined

A common – if mistaken – approach to risk management is to satisfy the regulatory requirements and leave it at that. Unexpected, ”can’t-happen-here” events do happen, despite being unexpected, and it is better to be prepared than not.

This article in the Wall Street Journal looks at the lessons of the Columbine School massacre – with many lessons that can be drawn for risk management in general.

“Many, many districts still have the Mayberry mentality — we’re nice and quiet” and it won’t happen here, said Paul Timm, president of consulting firm RETA Security.

Schools hold regular fire drills because they are mandated by law. They work; no student has died in a school fire for decades. But Mr. Timm says far too few schools hold lock-down drills, or run tabletop simulations of a crisis with police and paramedics.

The reluctance to invest in risk management often is based on a misunderstanding about the cost.

The last few paragraphs of the article relate how one school has reduced its risk at no cost at all – beyond the imagination required to think of the solution.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123965917072814735.html

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