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Active Shooter Events: Tips to Prepare Your Office

Posted By Mandy Spigle, Governmental Affairs Chair, Friday, May 25, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

No one really wants to think about it, but workplace violence, especially as it pertains to active shooter situations, has been on a lot of minds in the last couple of years. Mandy Spigle, Human Resource Manager for DHL, says every training and informational seminar she’s participated in has been consistent in promoting the Run, Hide, Fight concept. This strategy for saving lives is being drilled into the minds of individuals and professionals across the country.

Run, Hide, Fight is fairly self-explanatory. The steps are listed in order of importance: run if you can, hide if you can’t run, fight back and attempt to disarm the shooter only as a last resort.

Six other good practices for staying safe before and during any active shooter event:*

  1. Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
  2. Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit.
  3. If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door.
  4. If you are in a hallway, get into a room and secure the door.
  5. As a last resort, attempt to take the active shooter down. When the shooter is at close range and you cannot flee, your chance of survival is much greater if you try to incapacitate him/her.
  6. Call 911 when it is safe to do so.

*Source: Department of Homeland Security “Active Shooter: How To Respond”

The free resources available online are vast and, for the most part, consistent. Every company needs to have an active shooter emergency response plan in place. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of these materials and make sure your office is prepared in the event of an active shooter event.

Some free resources:

Tags:  Active Shooter  Conference Speaker  HR  Plan  Training  Workplace Violence 

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