Active Shooter Prep

 In 2022, Tip of the Week

Recent events remind us that active shooter situations are real, and they are deadly. According to an article released by NBCNews.com on May 23, 2022, citing statistics from the FBI (linked here https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/active-shooter-incidents-increased-50-percent-2021-new-fbi-data-shows-rcna30148), active shooter incidents in 2021 in the U.S. increased by a little more than 50 percent from 2020. 103 innocent people lost their lives in those incidents.

What does this have to do with a work-related safety tip? The article went on to say that of the 61 shooters, “the report found that there were relationships between shooters and their targets or targeted locations. Six shooters were employees, four were former employees, two were current students, two had past personal or professional relationships, and one was a business owner.”

A shooting can occur at anyplace, at home, at work, at a restaurant or cocktail lounge, as can be seen in this video:

The points made in the video are clear and can save lives. Because you might not have been able to write them down, we are providing them for you.

RUN:

  • Running will make it more difficult for you to get hit by flying bullets.
  • Go towards an exit, being flexible to find alternate exits if necessary.
  • Keep running until you are sure you are safe.
  • If you encounter law enforcement, put your hands up, answer any questions they ask, and follow their directions.

HIDE:

  • If you cannot exit the building, find a place to hide.
  • Lock and barricade the door.
  • Silence your phone and be as quiet as you can.
  • Develop a plan to defend yourself.
  • Provide medical first aid as needed.

FIGHT:

  • Fighting may be your only option. Develop a plan for your defense.
  • Join with others to overtake and surprise the shooter.
  • Use anything within reach as a weapon.

 

Consider including Workplace Violence as an element of your company’s Emergency Action Plan. You can learn more about active shooter defense from the FBI website at:
https://www.fbi.gov/about/partnerships/office-of-partner-engagement/active-shooter-resources

We have a pdf from the Department of Homeland Security on our website. You can download it here:

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