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Mid-Tenn security firms say more organizations prepping mass shooter response


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A couple of Middle Tennessee based security companies say they’re seeing an uptick in customer inquiries in response to mass shootings around the country.

Both companies say they’ve seen expanding interest from the kinds of organizations you might expect: schools, small businesses and churches. But Ryan Cleckner with Nashville based MayDay Safety says he’s also seeing interest from more unlikely sectors.

“We’re seeing a lot of homeowners associations and gated communities are coming to us. Because I think people are starting to like the idea of taking charge of their own safety, taking care of their own.”

Adam McLarty is President of Nashville based Centurions Defense. McLarty formed the company four years ago specifically to help churches with their security concerns.

He makes the point with new customers that active shooter incidents are still quite rare.

“What we try to do is make a more well-rounded plan to deal with the most dangerous course of action, something like an intruder or an active shooter event, but also make sure that they’re prepared to handle something like a medical event, or have an issue with a child.”

McLarty tells his customers that if you have to draw a weapon, your security plan has already largely failed. He stresses prevention: identifying and addressing problems before they get out of hand.

Ryan Cleckner’s MayDay Safety has developed a cell-phone app that uses crowd-sourcing to provide both victims and first-responders with real-time information about dangerous incidents as they develop.

Use the links below to listen to the full WMOT interviews with Mayday and Centurions Defense.

Full interview with Centurions Defense
Full interview with Mayday Safety