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15 Jul

The Orlando Shooting Could Start A Promising Discussion on Safety

Just over a month ago, our country witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in history. It was also the worst terrorist attack on our country since the 9/11 bombings. The shooter targeted Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and killed 49 innocent people. Not only was this the deadliest shooting in United States history, but it’s also the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in our country.

Much like the shooting in Aurora, Colorado in the movie theatre, the shooter targeted an establishment which is not easy to escape. A nightclub rarely has a lot of windows or doors, in fact many victims in the club on June 14th hid in the bathrooms because they couldn’t evacuate the building. In fact, law enforcement officers had to bust through the bathroom wall to free those victims. Clearly the escape system in this building was lacking because it was constructed in a time where we didn’t know we needed to worry about attacks like this.

Orlando Shooting Escape System Building

While the Pulse Night Club is one-level and would not necessarily need a Slide To Safety, they do need alternative methods of evacuation. We have to find a way to make our night clubs, malls, schools, and homes safer. While we have developed new technologies which are a new escape system for buildings, they are still just a part of a bigger escape safety plan. While it’s required for a room to have two exits, which the restrooms in this building have, clearly the two exits didn’t help the victims of this shooting. They needed an actual exit from the building entirely.

Not only do we need to implement a Slide To Safety as an alternative escape system in all buildings in this country, we also need to revamp how we design a building to ensure all occupants have a quick escape from any room. When you have to run out of the restroom to exit the building, you increase the risk of coming across the shooter and making yourself a target.

UPDATE: Conference has passed!

From July 25th-29th, you will find us at the 11th Annual National School Safety Conference & Exposition in Orlando, FL. We will be there to show school administrators and officials the new technologies we’ve developed which provide alternative methods of evacuations for commercial buildings, schools & universities, and even residential homes. In fact, we have a new mobile trailer, allowing us to bring the Slide To Safety all over the country with us!

The purpose of this conference is to focus on all aspects of school security and safety. While this does not directly apply to the Orlando shooting, it could get the conversation started. The conversation being–new, alternative methods of evacuating and creating a new escape system in all buildings. It could potentially lead to an open forum in which officials discuss how we can design safer establishments, such as nightclubs and movie theatres, which are currently vulnerable to these types of attacks.Not only do we need to implement a Slide To Safety as an alternative escape system in all buildings in this country, we also need to revamp how we design a building to ensure all occupants have a quick escape from any room. When you have to run out of the restroom to exit the building, you increase the risk of coming across the shooter and making yourself a target.

School Safety Conference

During the shooting, victims claimed the shooter checked Facebook and looked for trending topics like Orlando Shooting and more, to see if he was gaining attention. Instead of giving him the satisfaction, focus on the victims of the shooting and keep their families in your thoughts & prayers.

You can learn more about each victim here.

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34
Stanley Almodovar III, 23
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20
Akyra Monet Murray, 18
Luis S. Vielma, 22
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22
Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22
Kimberly Morris, 37
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30
Enrique Rios, 25
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
Cory James Connell, 21
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 31
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 26

Shane Evan Tomlinso, 33
Amanda Alvear, 25
Martin Benitez Torres, 33
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40
Tevin Eurgene Crosby, 25
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35
Joel Rayon Paniagua
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37
Luis Daniel Conde, 39
Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25
Jerald Arthur Wright, 31
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28
Frank Hernandez, 27
Paul Terrell Henry
Antonio Davon Brown, 29
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24
Alejandro Barrios-Martinez, 21
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25

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