Your 3-Step Emergency Plan For An Active Shooter

Closeup of Woman Aiming Shotgun

On December 2, 2015, there was not one, but two mass shootings. One in San Bernardino, CA killing 14 and wounding 17 at a social services center and the other, not as widely known, in Savannah, Ga. Where a gunman shot four people, killing a woman and injuring three men. Recently, in 2016, 50 people were killed and more injured at a mass shooting in a club in Florida in June and in November, 11 are reportedly injured and one dead at Ohio State University.

Unfortunately, this is the society we live in. People getting attacked on the job, in community centers, etc. It’s heartbreaking. But the most important thing that employers and leaders can do to strike back at workplace/onsite violence is to take proactive measures; have a plan in place, communicate that plan and train employees on what to do if the unimaginable happens. This may not stop violence from intruding on your work environment; however, it will give your employees a better chance of surviving.

According to the American Society of Safety Engineers & Homeland Security, what may surprise people is that most active shooters are not former employees, coworkers or even strangers. Historically, almost half of the active shooters in a work environment were customers and/or clients. These people usually have knowledge of the building, including areas where people tend to congregate, such as break rooms and conference rooms, and they know the planned escape routes.