New Release! The First Preventers Playbook: How to Intervene, Disrupt, and Prevent Tragedy Before It Strikes

The First Preventers Playbook: How to Intervene, Disrupt, and Prevent Tragedy Before It Strikes.

Enough is enough! Old playbooks and strategies depend on First Responders (defense), however First Preventers (offense) are needed too. It’s time to use a new prevention playbook to prevent more incidents and tragedies, The First Preventers Playbook is just in time to show you how.

LAS VEGAS, NV – “For too long, we have ignored the signs of mass casualty attacks and refused to work together to “connect the dots”. Rick has given us a roadmap to do just that,” Captain Griger, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office.

Leaders in schools, higher education, organizations, and communities are looking for better prevention solutions, including new playbooks to complement their current strategies. This is where The First Preventers Playbook comes in. 

The First Preventers Playbook presents proven research-based approaches to show community leaders, community resources, and community members how to take action (not vigilantly stuff, we’re talking the right actions) when faced with soaring numbers of at-risk individuals in communities across the nation. By educating, empowering, and equipping first preventers to collect, assess, and connect the dots and take the right actions to intervene and disrupt at-risk individuals on the pathway to violence (or self-harm, abuse, drugs, hate, etc.), more violent incidents and tragedies can be prevented, and fewer first responders will have to put their lives on the line.

With this playbook, more incidents and tragedies can be prevented leading to a positive return on prevention, saving lives, reputations, and bottom lines. Pre-order your copy from Amazon today for release on October 20, 2020.

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More about Rick Shaw

Rick Shaw is a prevention specialist, pathway to prevention thought leader, author, and trusted adviser to organizations and communities. He has been researching the profile of failed intervention and preventions for over twenty years. Rick founded Awareity in 2004 and First Preventers in 2019.

Contact Information

Rick Shaw, 402-730-0090, info@RickShawPrevents.com. For more information please email info@RickShawPrevents.com or visit RickShawPrevents.com/contact.

Community First Preventers & Schools: Working Together to Save Communities (Video)

Whether or not schools and communities remove SROs & First Responders from their campuses, there needs to be a new focus. A reactive response is no longer an option to keep schools, campuses, and communities safe. No human is able to respond fast enough to PREVENT incidents. Change is needed, and change is coming.

So, what is the new focus?

Ready to learn more? Reach out today using the form on your right, it’s that easy!

Community Policing & Community Preventing: First Responders & First Preventers Working TOGETHER (Video)

It’s time to change the focus from First Responders to First Preventers.

Why?

Communities must take control of their own prevention efforts utilizing their own First Preventers to collect, access, and take action with pre-incident indicators, resources, safety, and incident prevention. By taking control, communities can save lives and give a voice to their own people.


Ready to learn more? Reach out today using the form on your right, it’s that easy!

Press Release: The Nonprofit, First Preventers, Offering FREE Prevention Assessment Tools

First Preventers is helping schools, organizations, and communities across the United States prevent incidents and tragedies, and they are offering free prevention assessment tools to get others set up for success.

LAS VEGAS, NV – People are feeling more scared for their safety, more confused by rumors and misinformation, and even more disconnected due to the current pandemic.  Violence is increasing in the workplace, in schools, and in communities which causes fear, confusion, chaos, and questions about what can be expected with this new normal. These are serious problems that require leaders and First Preventers to work together as a team. 

For leaders who are ready to act now, First Preventers created a FREE Prevention Assessment which can be taken advantage of here: www.FirstPreventers.org/Prevention-Assessment.   This FREE and valuable assessment also includes a personalized follow up from a First Preventers expert to help you improve your proactive prevention efforts.

If you are tired of the status quo, tired of the violence, fear, confusion, and chaos that has been happening far too long, and if you feel like being a hero, First Preventers is here to help!

If you have questions, reach out to info@FirstPreventers.org so you can take action and be a part of something better, because everyone wants better prevention.

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More about First Preventers

First Preventers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2019. Through donations, fundraising, and grants, First Preventers helps to provide schools, organizations, and communities with access to the trailblazing First Preventers Program and other partnerships in order to create a safer space for students, employees, community members, and others by preventing more incidents and tragedies before they happen.

We have to think about it in a different way…

I had such high hopes for this headline:

Former Secret Service agent on keeping houses of worship safe:

 ‘We have to think about it in a different way’

But then I read the article and the different way of thinking was not different, it was actually more of the same, status quo, conventional thinking where an organization has a team, training, and cameras.

While having armed security is an option and it can work well as we recently saw in Texas, I believe a ‘community-wide prevention effort’ where houses of worship are working together in a First Preventers Program is more proactive and truly different thinking.  The gunman in Texas was well known by the church and known to be escalating in anger and behaviors… what if First Preventers had been involved before he escalated to the point of showing up at the church in disguise with a shotgun?

The First Preventers Program helps communities to leverage resources that can help with intervention, disruption and prevention efforts involving at-risk individuals who are exhibiting concerning behaviors and escalating behaviors.

Every community has at-risk individuals, and in many cases, the numbers of at-risk individuals are increasing, so every community needs the First Preventers Program to prevent more at-risk individuals from escalating and executing their plans of attacks because they feel they have been wronged, or have a grievance, or needs to get revenge, or other.

Depending on First Responders to address the at-risk individual will always be needed, however recent attacks that were over in as little as 6 seconds still resulted in innocent people dying, lives being ruined, new and growing fears, lost trust, and numerous other costs and consequences.

We can do better and the First Preventers Program is different thinking that is research-based and proven in the real world.  With the new year and new decade, leaders should be looking for new and different ways to save lives, eliminate fears, improve trust, and more… because conventional approaches are not enough.

Ready to start your Prevention Assessment? Click here to learn more.

Rick Shaw – Prevention Specialist & Executive Director of First Preventers

ASIS TV: GSX 2019 – Security Guy TV Interviews First Preventers

Executive Director Rick Shaw and program partner Jason Destein took a few minutes out of their time at GSX 2019 to talk with Security Guy TV about the new non-profit, First Preventers, which is out to change how people think about prevention.

It’s not about First Responders getting there faster to minimize the carnage and the damage. It’s about First Responders, working with First Preventers to help move from a Pathway to Violence to a Pathway to Prevention. Listen to the interview here!

Press Release: The Nonprofit, First Preventers, Officially Launches

First Preventers is already helping schools, organizations, and communities across the United States prevent incidents and tragedies with the proven First Preventers Program.

LAS VEGAS, NV – First Preventers officially launched in January of 2019 with approval from the State of Nevada and recently received its 501(c)3 approval in August 2019. Through donations, fundraising, and grants, the nonprofit will continue to help provide schools, organizations, and communities with access to the trailblazing First Preventers Program and other partnerships in order to create a safer space for students, employee, community members, and others by preventing more incidents and tragedies before they happen.

Executive Director Rick Shaw is an internationally sought-after speaker and prevention expert with over 30 years’ experience in providing assessment and creating prevention tools, programs, and trainings. In this new role, Mr. Shaw will continue to travel and speak in order to educate and inform industry and community leaders in order to share the trailblazing successes seen with The First Preventers Program, because everyone is demanding better prevention solutions after recent shootings and other acts of violence across the nation.

The next official speaking event will be at the 2019 GSX show in Chicago, IL presented by ASIS. Mr. Shaw will be co-presenting with a First Preventers Program partner, Jason Destein of Securable Alternatives, on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019. The session, titled “The Gap Between School Violence and Security Solutions: What’s Missing?”, will feature current research on prevention strategies in an effort to shine a light on the glaring missing pieces of the puzzle (first preventers).

For more information on First Preventers or the First Preventers Program, or to support these important prevention efforts, please visit FirstPreventers.org.

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More about First Preventers

First Preventers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2019. Through donations, fundraising, and grants, First Preventers helps to provide schools, organizations, and communities with access to the trailblazing First Preventers Program and other partnerships in order to create a safer space for students, employees, community members, and others by preventing more incidents and tragedies before they happen.


To download a copy of this press release please click here.

Would you like to PREVENT more incidents & tragedies?

Would you like to prevent (intervene, disrupt, stop) more incidents and tragedies BEFORE they occur? ✓

Have you ever experienced an incident or tragedy and found out afterward that people were aware of red flags and warning signs BEFORE the incident or tragedy occurred? ✓

Then eliminate your gaps, silos, and disconnects.


Here are the facts… Evidence, research, post-incident reports, lessons learned, headlines, and other data reveals again and again that more than enough red flags and warning signs were observed and reported BEFORE nearly EVERY incident and tragedy.  BUT common gaps, silos, and disconnects kept the red flags and warning signs from being collected, shared, connected, and acted upon by the right people at the right times to intervene, disrupt, and prevent incidents and tragedies.  Sound familiar?

Have you had incidents or tragedies where you found out afterward that red flags and warning signs were observed by others BEFORE the incident or tragedy?

Do students know things that your Threat Assessment does not know?

Do teachers and staff know about at-risk individuals, red flags, and warning signs that your Threat Assessment Team does not know?

Do parents know about at-risk individuals, red flags, and warning signs that your Threat Assessment Team does not know about?

If you answered yes to the questions above, you validated the same gaps, silos, and disconnects that impacted other schools and communities.

Can you prevent incidents and tragedies if you do not know about them?

This is why you need the First Preventers Program to help you eliminate these dangerous gaps, silos, and disconnects before a tragedy or costly incident occurs.

More facts…  Evidence exposes the same common gaps, silos, and disconnects were responsible for failures to act on red flags and warning signs to prevent Columbine (1999) and September 11 (2001). Sadly, the same common gaps, silos, and disconnects still existed with Virginia Tech (2007), Fort Hood (2009 and 2014), Sandy Hook (2012), Pulse Night Club (2016), Parkland (2018), and thousands of other shootings, acts of violence, acts of abuse, suicides, overdoses, and numerous other incidents and tragedies that occur nearly every day.

To prevent more incidents and tragedies, organizations of all types and communities of all sizes must work together to immediately:

Eliminate common and dangerous Gaps

Eliminate common and dangerous Silos

Eliminate common and dangerous Disconnects

More facts… “Common Solutions” like the ones below are NOT effective and NOT designed to eliminate the common gaps, silos, and disconnects:

Security CamerasNo
Security GuardsNo
Armed Guards/PersonnelNo
Locks & Access ProductsNo
Alarms & Panic ButtonsNo
Mass Notification SystemsNo
Incident Reporting OptionsNo
Threat Assessment TeamsNo
Hundreds of New LawsNo
Case Management SystemsNo
Emergency PlansNo
Crisis Response TeamsNo

Eliminating common and dangerous gaps, silos, and disconnects requires new strategies and solutions that are designed specifically to eliminate known gaps, silos, and disconnects in all stages of preventing.

Evidence is overwhelming that common and dangerous gaps, silos, and disconnects exist with collecting, sharing, and connecting the red flags and warning signs as well as with ongoing investigations, assessments (threat, behavior, mental health, etc.), interventions, monitoring, disrupting, collaborations, and numerous other intervention, disruption, and prevention efforts and actions.

Eliminating your common and dangerous gaps, silos, and disconnects is the best and only way to STOP incidents and tragedies BEFORE they occur.

DHS, the Federal Commission on Safe Schools, US Secret Service, and FBI have all cited that red flags almost always exist and identifying and acting on red flags is more effective at preventing incidents and tragedies than any security measure.

“The importance of detecting and addressing concerning behavior, thoughts, or statements cannot be overstated. In fact, preventing violence by detecting and addressing these red flags is more effective than any physical security measure.” –DHS 2018 School Safety Guide

Are you ready to start eliminating your dangerous gaps, silos, and disconnects and equipping your organization with the right tools and knowledge to prevent more incidents and tragedies? Reach out and connect with us today!

Unawareness Is Creating More Violence

Attention Leaders,

When people are unaware of new solutions, people resort to conventional and status quo solutions. When looking at post-event reports from incidents of violence, it becomes clear that status quo solutions make it easy for at-risk individuals (often referred to as unstable, disconnected, even mentally ill) and other evil doers to commit more shootings and more acts of violence.

Unaware = Status Quo = More Shootings and More Violence

Scary question:

Have you ever wondered why and how so many unstable and at-risk individuals can so easily execute their violent and evil attacks in almost any school, higher education institution, health care organization, business and community? 

Scary answer:

Because pretty much anyone can defeat status quo solutions.

Scary facts: 

Status quo solutions have proven time and time again that they are not effective at reducing or preventing violence. Statistics reveal shootings, sexual abuse, suicides, bullying, drug overdoses, gang violence, workplace violence, homegrown violent extremist attacks, and numerous other acts of violence and evil are not being reduced, in fact, many acts of violence are increasing, and the costs and consequences are significantly increasing too.

What are examples of conventional and status quo solutions? 

Laws, Security Measures, and traditional First Responder Programs.

Lawmakers Making Laws and More Laws – In the USA, we have numerous longstanding laws that prohibit killing, abusing, and numerous other violent crimes, but bad guys and evil doers don’t follow or even care about laws. Even so, lawmakers continue to create more laws mandating more status quo solutions (see examples below).  Laws never have, and never will be, an effective solution to prevent violence because laws are words, not proactive intervention, disruption, and prevention actions.

Security Measures – Security measures include security cameras, security guards/officers, security alarms, security doors/locks, security/visitor access, security assessments and trainings, metal detectors, etc.

Security measures by design are last resort options designed to react and respond to a threat already at your organization, not prevent them from escalating and getting to your front door before attacking. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agrees and stated the following:

“The importance of detecting and addressing concerning behavior, thoughts, or statements cannot be overstated. In fact, preventing violence by detecting and addressing these red flags is more effective than any physical security measure.”


All lawmakers, community leaders, and organizational decision-makers need to be aware of the research that exists, the findings from DHS, and they need to be aware that the next generation Prevention Platform already exists. The Prevention Platform provides proven and effective tools for collecting, sharing, assessing, collaborating, connecting, monitoring, intervening, disrupting, and preventing incidents and red flags– not more status quo security measures.

First Responder Programs – First Responders are brave, they are heroes and we need them, but First Responders are not First Preventers. In fact, First Responders, such as law enforcement, cannot respond or take action until there is a crime, which is almost always too late. First Responders are trained to respond and react, not intervene, disrupt, and prevent the initial escalation.

This why the next generation First Preventers Program is needed. The First Preventers Program offers proven strategies, trainings, and tools so individuals, organizations, and communities can more effectively intervene, disrupt, and prevent incidents and tragedies before they occur.  All lawmakers, community leaders, and organizational decision-makers need to be aware of these new solutions.

Lawmakers, community leaders, and organizational decision-makers are unaware because they don’t have time or have not made the time to do the research, review massive amounts of data, and review years of lessons learned from previous incidents and post-incident reports.  Unaware of what DHS has discovered.  Unaware of the First Preventers Program and First Preventers tools.

When lawmakers remain unaware, they make more laws supporting more status quo solutions.  Look at what lawmakers did after the 1999 massacre at Columbine, look at the laws created after the massacre at Parkland, and look at laws after the worst massacre ever (at this time) that took place in Las Vegas, we see more status quo security measures funding, more active shooter response funding, and more First Responders funding… but no First Preventers funding and no First Preventers tools funding.

When organization and community leaders are unaware, they implement more and more security measures – billions of dollars of security measures since 1999, yet unstable and at-risk individuals are still successfully executing their acts of violence and evil at schools, higher education institutions, health care institutions, organizations across all sectors, and in communities too.

You do not have to be unaware.    

Contact us to see and become aware of what is possible with next level solutions that are actually intervening, disrupting, and preventing incidents and tragedies today.

Thank you,

Rick Shaw

Founder, First Preventers