The experience of an active shooter situation in the workplace is not a palatable one. Unfortunately, it can happen anywhere and anytime. Thus, it is imperative for us to be prepared. We have to prepare our family, friends, and employees so that they know exactly what to do when they are faced with such situations.
Due to recent active shooter events across the world, it is increasingly important to come up with a response plan. In case of an active shooter scenario, government agencies must be ready to deal with it. Find out how emergency notification and response methods can be carried out in emergency plans for your organization.
An Active Shooter is a person who is actively engaged in killing or trying to kill people in a closed and populated area; often times, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to select victims. We cannot predict this kind of situation as it evolves quickly. Typically, the deployment of law enforcement is needed immediately and effectively, to stop the shooter and limit damage to the victims.
Because active shooter situations are often completed within 10 to 15 minutes, before the law enforcement intervenes, individuals must be prepared physically and mentally to deal with it.
How do you Respond when an Active Shooter is in Your Vicinity?
Determine how to protect your own life quickly. Remember that customers are most likely to take the lead after employees and managers when this scenario occurs.
If there is an escape route, ensure to escape the premises as soon as possible.
- Make sure there is an escape route and a plan
- Even if others refuse to follow you, evacuate
- Let go of your belongings
- If you can, help others escape too
- Stop people from entering an area where the active shooter is currently located
- Keep your hands in a visible position
- Follow the instructions given by any police officers
- Never attempt to move wounded people
- When you appear to be safe, call 911
If it’s impossible to evacuate, find a place where the active shooter will less likely find you.
Your hiding location should:
- Be out of the active shooter’s sight
- Be able to offer some kind of protection in case shots are fired in your direction.
Preventing an active shooter from getting to your hiding location:
- Ensure the door is properly locked
- Use a heavy furniture to blockade the door
If evacuation and hiding are not possible:
- Remain calm
- Alert police to the situation at hand by dialing 911
- If it’s difficult to speak, you could leave the line open and let the dispatcher listen
Take Action Against the Active Shooter
This is usually a last resort, and should be done when your life is at stake. Attempt to cause disruption or incapacitate the active shooter by:
- Being aggressive as much as you can
- Throwing improvise weapons and items
The first set of officers to arrive will never help injured individuals. A rescue team comprising of additional officers and emergency medical personnel will handle that. It is their responsibility to remove and treat injured people.
Once you arrive at a safe point, you will be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned thereafter. Don’t leave until you’re instructed to do so by the law enforcement.
Active Shooter Situation Training for your Staff
Preparing your staff for an active shooter situation requires that you put in place an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). With EAP and training exercises, your staff will be more equip to effectively deal with scenarios of this nature and minimize losses in the process.
FastMoves Executive Protection goes beyond the call of duty to tailor our training to meet the requirements of the modern day crime scene by addressing the needs of operations, resources, critical hubs and local first responders.
Our trainers yield immediate results by:
- Improving awareness, readiness and response
- Recognizing likely indicators of a potential perpetrator(s).
- Preventing attacks through critical communication and reporting.
- Rehearse survival and response tactics for each workplace.
Staying safe in situations like this requires the right mental attitude and the proper training from experienced professionals.