THE RED BALL DRILLS® FROM EXPERIOR GROUP, INC. WERE AWARDED THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SAFETY ACT DESIGNATION AS AN APPROVED QUALIFIED ANTI-TERRORISM TECHNOLOGY (QATT) ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2020.
The first award of its type for crisis planning and risk-related drills, The Red Ball Drills® are widely recognized for their unique and proven exercises, which: use no fake weapons, no trauma-inducing scare tactics, and which require no work shutdown. The result is meaningful interaction with employees and associated personnel who provide critical insight into operational process. This approach fosters a site-specific plan for problems, risks, or threats — using process-driven logic, full policy review and procedural analysis.
Benefits and Background
BENEFITS: One of the ways the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) helps foster continuous innovation is to minimize the risk of liability to new solutions through the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act).
By earning the SAFETY Act Designation, Red Ball Drills® obtained the hghest federal level of legal protection for our customers in the event our technology is ever put to use during a terrorist attack. Potential attackers are creative in their methodologies, so the SAFETY Act covers several types of anti-terror technologies to help stay ahead of evolving threats. Solutions can include products, services, software or other types of intellectual property that can help officials identify, detect, deter, respond to or mitigate acts of terror.
Additional benefits for users include caps on liability, third party credibility from the U.S. federal government, flow down immunity and more, based on the specific client and program.
BACKGROUND: This SAFETY Act award comes in response to the unique exercise and training development which led to the creation of the Red Ball Drills®. Experior Group, Inc. identified a considerable gap in available training platforms.
Our research identified no program which addressed how an entity or organization should develop policies and procedures to actually manage an active shooter event. From a liability and duty of care perspective, this is a critical component. This gap was the impetus for the development of the Red Ball Drills® program.
Most programs were either designed for tactical teams, or for individual responders to an active shooter situation, not for the hospital, school, stadium, building in which the violent incident was happening. From the individual, to the risk management team, to the CEO — the Red Ball Drills® provide meaningful, actionable protocols to increase the safety of all personnel.
In recognizing the importance and impact of the Red Ball Drills® program when announced, DHS wrote, “Congratulations from the Department of Homeland Security on receiving SAFETY Act protections for your Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT).
We at the Office of SAFETY Act Implementation thank you for your efforts in the fight against terrorism and hope you have successfully deployed your QATT and that it is helping to make America safe. The Department is providing you with a SAFETY Act Mark that reflects the protection received for your QATT. “