In the event there’s an active shooter at your business, do you know what to do? Will your employees be prepared to respond? These types of situations are unpredictable and chaotic. They will affect everyone differently, but anyone can play an important part in reducing the impact of an active shooter. Completing in-person or online training, workshops and drills will prepare your employees should a horrible event like this occur.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there are three options if you encounter an active shooter:
- Quickly assess the situation; if there is a safe escape route, leave the premises, regardless of if others agree.
- Don’t attempt to gather your belongings.
- Our nature is to help others, but don’t move any wounded people.
- Call 911 when you’re safe.
- Once assistance arrives, be sure to follow instructions given by emergency personnel.
- If you’re unable to leave the premises, find a place to hide where the shooter is less likely to find you.
- Be sure the hiding place is out of view, lock and block the door with heavy items, but don’t restrict your options for movement, if possible.
- Silence your cell phone and turn off any source of noise.
- Turn off the lights and remain quiet and calm.
- Dial 911. If the shooter is near, don’t talk but leave the line open to allow the dispatcher to listen.
- You should only use this option if your life is in imminent danger.
- Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter by using improvised weapons or throwing items.
These options for consideration are illustrated in this instructional video here:
Preparing a plan and providing training for your employees may increase their chances of survival should an active shooter be present on your property. To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for valuable resources, including videos and downloads.