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Sollah International and Strategos release video trailer of new workplace survival movie.

“Active shooter.” It’s the phrase no one wants to hear.

Yet, despite confronting it daily in the news, few workplaces are ready to respond, let alone prevail, when a gunman terrorizes a business.

“PREVAIL!™” is about to change that. A video trailer was released Jan. 6 with the video available for distribution and purchase in February.

Created through a partnership between Sollah Interactive and Strategos International, “PREVAIL!™” is a fast-paced, movie-style training that grips viewers and pulls them into a lifelike workplace shooting.

Sollah converted a vacant Midwest office building into a movie set, hired professional actors and spent two weeks documenting the drama.

Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos International, served as the subject-matter expert. Strategos is a master distributor of the training video, which will be available at www.intruderresponse.com in February.

“We were on site during the entire filming process, contributed to the script and gave extensive input from our training curriculum,” Baker said.

Sollah, a producer of business and HR videos, searched for an active-shooter expert and eventually connected with Baker.

“They said we were the company they wanted to partner with based on our background in law enforcement, private security and education,” he said.

“We jumped at the chance because there is a great need for workplace-related videos that teach people to do more than hide under their desks and wait to be killed. Statistics show that the odds of surviving with that mentality are very low. Instead, we teach people to prevail.”

The video weaves the drama into questions, instruction and group collaboration. It’s designed for businesses of all sizes, as well as schools and churches, to develop a prevailing plan.

In addition to providing the video, Strategos is offering additional training and on-site consultation for companies that request it.

CONTACT

Vaughn Baker, President
Strategos International
vaughn@strategosintl.com
816.795.3768
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GSA Contract Gives Agencies Direct Access to Strategos Security Training

Strategos International has secured a General Services Administration (GSA) contract allowing it to directly supply government agencies with security training and consulting.

Strategos has a long history of training and advising federal agencies and the U.S. military. The agreement streamlines the process.

The five-year GSA contract allows agencies to directly arrange security training and consulting with Strategos. Previously, departments could partner with Strategos, but required a lengthier government approval process.

“Strategos and federal agencies share the same goals: protecting citizens, employees and communities,” said Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos.

“This contract with the GSA allows federal departments to more quickly and directly benefit from our security expertise. Of course, agencies will still use competitive bidding to get the best value for their dollar. Taxpayers will benefit from a speedier and more efficient process.”

Through the agreement, agencies will benefit from Strategos’ expertise in subjects including:

  • Tactical training
  • Active shooter training
  • Intruder response
  • Personnel protection
  • Security consulting

“This contract affirms that federal agencies have confidence in our expertise and skills,” Baker said. “We look forward to delivering more training and strengthening our partnership with public servants at all levels of government.”

Details

  • Strategos International has been awarded a five-year GSA Schedule contract: #GS-07F050GA
  • It’s effective immediately.
  • Strategos International’s services are available through the GSA Federal Supply Service (FSS) Schedule #84.
  • GSA Schedule #84 serves the federal buyer relating to total solutions for law enforcement, security, facility management systems, fire, rescue, special purpose clothing, marine craft, and emergency/disaster response schedule.
  • GSA’s Federal Supply Service manages the largest, most diverse and innovative federal marketplace in the world, connecting thousands of federal customers with contractors.

About Strategos International
Founded in 2002, Strategos International is a leading provider of tactical training, safety and security training and consulting. Clients include federal, state and local governments, schools, businesses, churches and non-profit organizations. Strategos has served over 100,000 professionals worldwide. Our professional staff has decades of experience in law enforcement, military, corporate and private security.

Contact
Vaughn Baker, President
Strategos International
vaughn@strategosintl.com
816.795.3768

Mark Warren, Vice President
mark@strategosintl.com
816.795.3768

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Strategos Statement on ISIL Threat: Be Alert, But Enjoy Christmas


The FBI warns that ISIL (the Islamic State) is urging its followers to attack churches and other public holiday gatherings in coming days.

As always, we urge you to be alert and aware in churches and other crowded spaces. Let’s be prayerful and mindful while still enjoying God’s gift of Christmas and a new year.

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Here are Strategos President Vaughn Baker’s insights on a safe holiday season from a podcast released this month.

Strategos Launches Three New Advanced Church Security Courses

Strategos International has begun offering three new church security courses to better serve the faith community. The new courses are:

• S.A.F.E. Approach for Churches: Verbal and physical conflict resolution
• Behavior Pattern Recognition and Response for Church Personnel: Learn to stop disruptions before they start.
• Advanced Church Security

Course times range from 2 hours to 2 days and are recommended for:
• Pastors
• Church administrators and business managers
• Facility managers
• Security directors and team members
• Children’s ministry staff
• Church staff
• Elders and key lay leaders
Contact us to learn more or schedule a course.
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Podcast: Learn to Prevail in a Workplace Attack

The movie will be available by early 2017.

In this podcast interview, Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos International, explains how Strategos is partnering with Sollah Interactive to help employees “PREVAIL” in the workplace.

A new training video, geared toward responding to workplace active-shooters, will equip employees to overcome the threat of violence.

“We are proud to partner with Sollah Interactive for ‘PREVAIL,’” said Baker. “That title accurately describes all we want to accomplish through this project.

“The vast majority of workplaces suffer from a serious lack of training on hostile intruders. We don’t want employees to be left to their own devices, hiding under desks and waiting for a killer to find them. Instead, they can prevail against an active-shooter. But training is absolutely essential. And that’s why we’ve undertaken this project.”

“Prevail: Preparing to Prevail” will be available in late 2016 from Strategos online and includes a thorough facilitator’s guide and student materials.

Thanks to KCCI and WHO13 Des Moines for their coverage of “Prevail.”

Strategos partners with Sollah Interactive to help employees “PREVAIL” in the workplace

The video training, geared toward responding to workplace active-shooters, equips employees to overcome the threat.

Strategos International is partnering with Sollah Interactive to fill a void in workplace training: responding to an active-shooter.

“We are proud to partner with Sollah Interactive for ‘PREVAIL,'” said Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos International. “That title accurately describes all we want to accomplish through this project.

“The vast majority of workplaces suffer from a serious lack of training on hostile intruders. We don’t want employees to be left to their own devices, hiding under desks and waiting for a killer to find them. Instead, they can prevail against an active-shooter. But training is absolutely essential. And that’s why we’ve undertaken this project.”

“Prevail: Preparing to Prevail” will be available in late 2016 from Strategos online and includes a thorough facilitator’s guide and student materials.

Thanks to KCCI and WHO13 Des Moines for their coverage of “Prevail.”

KCCI Des Moines on Strategos International’s Training Video “Prevail”Employees can learn how to overcome an active-shooter in the workplace with training from Strategos International.

Ohio media share Strategos’ church safety work

Youngstown-area stations WKBN and WMFJ reported on Strategos’ training of area churches there April 8-9.

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CHURCH SECURITY TRAINING COMING TO YOUNGSTOWN
In an era of active shooters, people of faith must be prepared.

We used to think it could never happen here.

But deadly violence at churches is happening everywhere and with increasing frequency.

Strategos International is leading a two-day training for Youngstown-area churches on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, at Four Mile Run Christian Church, 701 N. Four Mile Run Road, in Youngstown. The training is open to all area churches and ministries, but registration is required at http://bit.ly/25nxEBn.

Violent incidents at churches have increased by 2400% since 1999 and 590% since 2005. Another record of increase occurred in 2015 beating the previous high set in 2014 by more than 40%.

“Behind the statistics are real people who have been killed or injured, with many more experiencing the trauma of having their house of worship turned into a zone of violence,” said Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos, a Kansas City-based security training and consulting organization.

What can churches do?

Strategos’ Church Security Planning and Intruder Response training equips faith-based organizations to:

  1. Identify suspicious people and activities and defuse violence before it starts.
  2. Empower church volunteers, such as ushers and greeters, to be on the alert for unusual activity.
  3. Choose and train a paid or volunteer security team.
  4. Lockdown a facility and respond to intruders.
  5. Evaluate their ministry and create a written plan that works specifically in their culture and facility.

One size does not fit all churches. Some may opt for armed security while others choose to have an unarmed team.

“The good news is that churches don’t have to compromise on a welcoming environment,” Baker said. “In fact, training volunteers to be alert can have the effect of making them more engaged with people on every level. It allows pastors and church staff to be more relaxed and focused, knowing that a team has security in mind.”

Strategos has trained more than 17,000 church personnel representing more than 1,000 churches in the United States and overseas. In addition to serving churches and schools, Strategos consults with businesses, provides tactical training for law enforcement and personal protection for CEOs and VIPs.

CONTACT
VAUGHN BAKER 816.678.5483 or vaughn@strategosintl.com

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Leading Church Insurer Partners with Strategos for Security Training

James Greene & Associates endorses the need for preparedness.

Strategos International and James Greene & Associates (JGA) are teaming up to help churches become more secure.

JGA specializes in insuring churches and ministries while Strategos helps those same types of organizations minimize security risks.

“In 2016 we’re looking for opportunities to better serve our clients and this is chief among them,” said Kurt Hetherington, president of JGA. “We see the need for security preparation as acts of violence continue to increase in the United States against houses of worship and other organizations. This alliance will help us meet those needs.”

James Greene & Associates is one of the nation’s largest independent insurance agencies, insuring more than 3,500 churches and ministries. Hetherington encourages churches to partner with Strategos to minimize risk to their congregations.

Strategos’ Firm Foundation church security program provides:

  • A facility site inspection
  • A personal consultation with church leaders tasked with security
  • Intruder response training for leaders and volunteers
  • Training on improving or creating a church security ministry
  • A report with customized recommendations

“It’s a roadmap specifically designed for the church or organization,” said Hetherington.
“We’re excited to partner because they have expertise in this area.”

Violent acts at churches have increased by 700 percent since 2007.

“This is not a trend we see going down,” said Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos. “Most churches don’t know where to start.”

Strategos International is a leader in intruder response training, security consulting, executive security and education. The firm specializes in protecting people and property from the threat of intruders. Strategos has helped thousands of clients create more secure environments in businesses, churches, schools and other public spaces.

Contact Strategos to learn more.

Watch the video discussion with Vaughn Baker of Strategos and Kurt Hetherington of James Greene & Associates.