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July 2015

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Hardening the Target

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“Response time solutions” refer to activities working toward solutions at active shooting or terror situations, generally within schools or public places. Only so much can be done in the interim and during the conflict. Response times can “maybe” be shortened, potential victims be armed or made able to defend themselves, better potential criminal or shooter identification methods can be taught, OR the target can be hardened. At National Glazing Solutions, we understand the value of hardening the target with safety film on all windows and doors and walls/roofs with glass.

Police Magazine’s 10/16/2013 article, “Quicker Response To Active Shooters,” demonstrates the limitations involved in the first three potential solutions mentioned above, and actually lists “hardening the target” first – presumably as a measure to buy the potential victims time and safety.

Safety film is a common sense approach to building safety. It is not bulletproof, but it does, when applied properly, keep glazing from becoming fragmented and falling out of the frame thereby providing a legitimate safety shield when located between a shooter /or terrorist(s) and innocent people. It is the ideal method of helping to harden the target. National Glazing Solutions specializes in safety film, and in helping to increase security and safety in public buildings, especially school structures.

Think about it. Not all that much can be done anytime soon to improve officer response, identify future bad guys, or in the way of arming people within the school, but adding a layer of protection via safety film not only buys time but provides ongoing safety when the bad guy is separated from victims by it.3M, Madico, Solar Gard or TRI-SHIELD Safety film can potentially save lives; and, provides the additional bonus of also protecting against severe weather or careless actions of individuals.

Keep in mind that when responders and law enforcement arrive, the situation remains active for a length of time; rarely are there quick fixes to quell the scene immediately – the victims still need protection! Window film solutions are indeed great solutions for  a variety of physical and personal safety concerns. In this day and age, people in groups certainly need to be protected from their environment and surroundings as much as possible.

National Glazing Solutions is the industry leader in safety film and security innovation for structures of all types. Contact us today to learn more about our products and solutions. Security [ at] nationalglazingsolutions.com

sandy hook advisory Commission final report

A.L.I.C.E. Program for School Safety & Window Films

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A.L.I.C.E. School Safety Program & 3 Pillars of School Safety

The ALICE School Safety Program (Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate) is popular and well-known amongst school safety resource officers. We at National Glazing Solutions have been particularly active with the program and have even made presentations at seminars examining hardening physical buildings with film and how that relates to the ALICE School Safety Program

Windows Amid The ALICE School Safety Program

Interestingly enough, windows play a crucial role in the ALICE system. How? During the lockdown stage, potential student-victims and school employees are isolated in various sections/places with the intent of keeping them safe and separated from the intruder(s) or active shooters or other threats. Safety film coated windows are a great shield or barrier between the shooter/intruder and then innocent victims. (Regular windows are little or no protection at all.) The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission reported in its final report that Window Film was a recommended upgrade to exterior windows. SANDY HOOK ADVISORY COMMISSION FINAL REPORT

Windows are the “Achilles heel” and typical point of entry for an intruder or active shooter and thus critical that they be evaluated as part of the overall building hardening. Unfortunately, school shootings seem to have become a regular part of our lives in recent years, and all available safety precautions must be analyzed for employment.

Three Pillars of School Safety (Open Loop Method)

By the same token, school safety can be thought of in another way, as a 3-Pillar School Safety Plan (Open Loop). This safety method or philosophy involves Safe Facilities, School Disaster Management, and Risk Reduction and Resilience Education.

It doesn’t take a PH.D to realize that in the 3-Pillar Approach, safety film windows are a tremendous asset. Safety film windows certainly make the facility safer, aid in disaster management by increasing options, and assist in reducing risk and increasing resilience.

School Safety Solution

At National Glazing Solutions we strive to make schools and other public buildings as safe as possible with our safety solutions directed at and for potential criminal activity and severe weather. We want to help you, your school, business, or organization to be a safer place for patrons, employees, and students & teachers… Contact us for more information at SECURITY (at) NationalGlazingSolutions.com click soon!

TRI-SHIELD Video series

TRI-SHIELD (security film) installation and performance video series published

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NGS launches a 2 part video series designed to educate & demonstrate safety & security film application, TRI-SHIELD, along with wetglaze and Z profile attachment system from Madico Inc.  The first video is the demonstration video which discusses the application and test specimens that the forced entry simulation will be performed on. This video titled “Safety Window Film Forced Entry Education & Demonstration” delivers a comprehensive and transparent explanation of forced entry applications with a focus on TRI-SHIELD in order to  educate design/ construction and commercial property professionals about safety & security film applications for forced entry protection.

The next video in the series titled “Safety-Security film & Attachment System Installation Tutorial” reviews the tools, techniques and products necessary to properly install heavy gauge security films and attachment systems. The video is the first in a planned series to build a safety film certification program for TRI-SHIELD & heavy gauge film installations to establish a much needed standard in a fragmented industry.

Enjoy and stay tuned for the next video & blog updates from the pros at National Glazing Solutions LLC