Being Prepared for an Active Shooter
Why Establish A Plan?
It is no secret that an active shooter incident can occur anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. The FBI defines an Active Shooter as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area” while the federal definition states that a mass shooting is of “3 or more killings in a single incident.” The term active illustrates that both citizens and law enforcement can in fact affect the outcome of these situations based on actions taken during the event. While we’ve seen such tragedies happen across the world, the United States has actually had the most active shooter occurrences out of any other country. CNN reported on a 2016 study by Adam Lankford of University of Alabama outlining that while 31% of all public mass shootings from 1966-2012 occurred in the U.S., we hold only 5% of the world’s population. The deadliest shootings have all occurred in the past 10 years which would include the Orlando attack, the Sandy Hook shooting, and the Virginia Tech massacre. Although these horrific events have terrified our nation, it is important to educate ourselves and others on the action steps necessary to be prepared and stay safe.
The Biggest Misconception With Active Shooter Safety
As Safety & Health Consultants, we have heard multiple organization representatives and individuals say that an Active Shooter event is not a concern as they themselves carry a concealed weapon and feel safe. We strive to show the importance of education on these types of situations and all aspects involved as a proactive measure. Through our Active Shooter Program, your company’s personnel will come to realize that a gun or other weapon used for fighting, should actually be the last line of defense. In fact, in the event of an Active Shooter, the FBI recommends the following measures to be taken: RUN-HIDE-FIGHT. We at Lancaster Safety certainly recommend using the FBI’s method, however, it is crucial to remember that these are reactive measures of the response plan as an Active Shooter is already present. Take the time to educate yourself and your employees to develop a proactive plan to approach these types of situations and potentially avoid such safety risks in the workplace.
An Employer’s Responsibility
Employers and organizations have the responsibility to keep employees, customers, students, and patients safe. This can be especially challenging when it comes to the unknown characteristics posed by an Active Shooter. However, employers and organizations can take the initiative to partner with Lancaster Safety to develop proactive countermeasures and a training program. Taking this proactive approach will properly educate employees and can potentially reduce or avoid threats and unnecessary risks.
How to Start Protecting Your Workplace
Lancaster Safety’s Active Shooter Consultants have unparalleled experience that your organization will find invaluable. Here are some ways that we can help:
- An organizational assessment will uncover what your strengths and weaknesses are
- A thorough consultation will address the threats and risks to your organization
- Proactive countermeasures will be developed and an in-depth training program will be established and conducted
Limit your Liabilities
Although situational attempts may be reactive; government and enforcement organizations have laws and regulations in place as a proactive approach to protecting others. We strongly encourage that you utilize these measures to create a proactive plan to provide the safest accommodations for your workplace or organization. Take the first step today by speaking with a Lancaster Safety Consultant who is ready to help answer your questions and guide you along the way! Call us at 888-403-6026 or submit your contact information below: