Sadly, in today’s world, active shootings in public places are becoming more common. Therefore, it is pertinent that each person and organization knows how to react if they find themselves in this scary situation. Having a plan before a shooting occurs, can be lifesaving. Here are some tips provided by the U.S Department of Homeland Security.
The best thing to do, if an escape route is accessible, is to evacuate the premises immediately.
If there are no means of escape, then find a place to hide.
Your hiding place should:
To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
If the active shooter is nearby:
If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:
The last resort is to take action against the shooter.
Each organization should have an Emergency Action Plan set in place and train their staff. Local law enforcement is a great resource to help with designing the policies, setting up the procedures, and putting together training exercises.
For more helpful information on responding to an active shooter, interacting with local authorities, and training your staff, download this booklet provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Another great resource is their pocket cards.