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“How to Prepare Your Business/Company from an Active Shooter?”

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“How to Prepare Your Business/Company from an Active Shooter?”

“How to Prepare Your Business/Company from an Active Shooter?”

In recent years, a new term has emerged in law enforcement’s lexicon: “Active Shooter.” Multiple people Injured in recent shooting at YouTube Headquarters, Active shooter events are devastating and unpredictable and can evolve very quickly. Unfortunately, the frequencies of these incidents have increased in recent years, often occurring in a place of business.An active shooter is defined by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.An employer is well-advised to implement certain procedures in order to protect the workplace in the event of an active shooter situation, as well as ensure employees and managers are mentally and physically prepared to respond to such a situation.

Few Facts about and who likely to become active shooter :

  • Most prevalent for health care workers, who are four times more likely to be victims of violence on the job
  • Active shooters generally carry out events alone,
  • Who has access to guns in the home
  • Possesses a superiority attitude
  • Is an honor student from a good community
  • The person who has poor coping skills

How to respond when an active Shooter is in your Vicinity:

Businesses large and small must consider their various defenses to protect against crime and workplace violence, including shootings.

  • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Develop a crisis management team of trusted individual to monitor potentials warning signs and devise a plan of action.
  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
  • As companies begin to develop their programs, they should first retrospectively look at the history of incidents at their location(s) they experienced in the past, if any
  • Companies should also consider some level of ongoing periodic screening for onboard employees
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)and training exercises will prepare your staff to effectively respond and help minimize loss of life.

We recommend that companies incorporate any planning for workplace violence, including active shootings,stress management, conflict resolution, into the same plan they should already be using for other emergencies, such as fire, chemical spills, gas leaks and natural disasters such as tornadoes or hurricanes. In other words, companies should focus on developing a comprehensive “all hazards” evacuation plan.


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