How One Association Handled an Active Shooter Incident in Conference City
Its targeted plans were quickly upended
On the afternoon of May 3, the Risk Management Society (RIMS) was preparing to wrap up a successful annual conference in Atlanta and conduct what CEO Gary LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, called a victory lap.
"All we had to do was the closing general session, a quick staff celebration and then the closing reception," he said.
Those plans were quickly upended, though, when RIMS staff learned that an active shooter was at large about two miles from the conference site, the Georgia World Congress Center. Senior RIMS staff quickly convened with officials from the city, police and convention center staff. Though there was some distance between the conference center and the shooter, the police perimeter included some of the conference hotels and shuttle-bus routes.
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