Defense Against Active Shooters: Part 2- Action Plan
For active shooter prevention tips, read Defense Against Active Shooters: Part 1 – Prevention.
Of course, prevention isn’t always possible in every situation. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential situations that arise. That’s why an action plan is needed to minimize risk as much as possible in an Active Shooter scenario. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advises three simple and effective actions: Run, Hide, Fight.
- Get out
- Evacuate the area/premises
- Know your exits and have an escape route and plan in mind
- Leave your belongings
- Help others escape, if possible
- Prevent individuals from entering where the active shooter may be
- Follow the instructions of any law enforcement officer
2. Hide (if evacuation isn't possible)
- Stay out of view of the shooter
- Put up barriers in the event that shots are fired in your direction
- Lock the door
- Blockade the door with heavy furniture
- Silence cell phones
- Remain quiet
3. Fight (as a last resort)
- Act as aggressive as possible against the shooter
- Throw items
- Improvise weapons
- Commit to your actions
So, do you already have a plan in place? If so, then continue to find ways to improve your action plan. Once it’s created, the most important step is to ensure you communicate it effectively. There’s nothing more tragic than a great plan that nobody knows about, stuffed into a binder, collecting dust on a shelf. Develop a staff training program and conduct sessions frequently. There are opportunities for seminars, tabletop exercises, practical exercises to prepare for an active shooter incident and communicate the action plan to everyone – leaders, teachers, staff, employees, students. It may save their lives!
To learn more about preparing for active shooter and other crisis situations, talk to a member of the ‘A’ Team.
- Defense Against Active Shooters: Part 1 - Prevention
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