Alan Achatz, CCM, CHE and principal at Club Safety Solutions, shares his thoughts on “Active Shooter Preparedness.”
Hearing GUN SHOTS is not the time to think what you should do next!
Definition: An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated place; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10-15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
Addressing all the Active Shooter concerns is a difficult task, yet the first step is awareness.
The Run, Hide, Fight video is where I recommend to start.
Thinking an event cannot happen at work or elsewhere is no longer an option. Various events at schools, restaurants, places of worship and elsewhere continue to challenge our sense of right and wrong. Further recognize clubs and resorts are soft targets; and for the most part, are not prepared for an event.
SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE
Once you decide to address Active Shooter, it is essential to develop an emergency-action plan. You will have to address concerns from regional weather concerns, human and technological situations as well as address where the various departments will rendezvous after evacuation.
Then realize you will have to train your employees on the various facets of the plan and practice your evacuation. It has been said many a time: We react the way we have been trained.
This very brief article can only scratch the surface of a very complicated topic.
The Run, Hide, Fight video highlights:
Run: If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:
Have an escape route and plan in mind.
Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
Leave your belongings behind.
Help others evacuate, if possible.
Call 911 when you are safe.
Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
Keep your hands visible.
Follow the instructions of any police officers.
Do not attempt to move wounded people.
Hide: If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:
Be out of the active shooter’s view.
Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e. an office with a closed and locked door).
Not trap you or restrict your options for movement.
To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
Lock the door.
Blockade the door with heavy furniture.
If the active shooter is nearby:
Lock the door.
Silence your cell phone and/or pager.
Turn off any source of noise (i.e. radio, television).
Hide behind large items (i.e. cabinets, desks).
Fight: As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her.
Throwing items and improvising weapons.
Committing to your actions.
When Police Arrive:
Put down any items in your hands.
Keep hands visible.
Follow all instructions.
Avoid making quick movements towards officers.
Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises.
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