In anticipation of what could be a historically heated election cycle—even by recent standards—officials are proactively preparing for the worst. Applying lessons learned from the 2020 election and its aftermath, as well as examples gleaned from election disruptions in other nations, many local, county, and state leaders are training election workers on how to respond should things turn violent.

In addition to educating pollsters on active shooter scenarios, officials are dipping into budgets wherever they can to employ tools that could help counter groups or individuals who may cross the line from peaceful protests to violent demonstrations. From extending emergency training methods, to liaising with law enforcement, to supplying triage materials and devices for sheltering in place, election workers in many states stand at the ready now better prepared than they were during the previous two cycles.

But leading up to this fall, it’s important to remember that this election season will also present significant opportunity for public protests arising from a number of hot button issues currently in the news. The conflict in the Middle East, women’s health, economic disparity, general despondency over the state of American democracy, and more could all lead to civil unrest.
Just as election workers are preparing, here’s how you and your organization can also get ready for disruptions that may take place as a result of the broader 2024 election season.




1. Have a Proactive Plan In Place

Take a page from election officials and boost your preparedness now. Steps like ensuring proper security system operation, creating evacuation and lockdown strategies, and reviewing emergency response tactics all could prove critically useful this year—and beyond.

2. Do Not Engage With Demonstrators.

In some states, even election workers are being instructed to de-escalate not through engagement, but rather through connecting directly with local police. Engaging demonstrators could exacerbate an already tense situation, one which law enforcement officials are better trained and equipped to handle.

3. Monitor Local News—And Your GPS—For Traffic Disruptions.

In an attempt to have their message heard, protestors will sometimes block traffic. Whether heading to or from work, or elsewhere, keep an eye on reports for demonstrations that may involve key roads and highways. Even if you’re familiar with a route it may be a good idea to counter potential blockages by utilizing real-time, crowd-sourced GPS updates.

4. Monitor Local News—And Your GPS—For Traffic Disruptions.

While some platforms are taking steps to mitigate communication that could foment real-world violence, your security team can get a leg up simply by monitoring social media content. This effort could help you better prepare for and react to any threats or discussions related to your business or neighboring organizations.

Are you prepared for the possibility of civil unrest this year? Has your organization performed a risk assessment and updated its general preparedness to adequately address security concerns many businesses face in today’s threat environment? If not, The Power of Preparedness can help.

With expertise including Run-Hide-Fight, active shooter preparedness and response, situational awareness, de-escalation techniques, and more, The Power of Preparedness provides critical guidance that can save lives. Contact us to learn more.