No one wants to talk about this.
But we should, especially in the workplace.
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Something that most people don’t like to think about but unfortunately is now a part of our everyday life is:
“Active Shooter Drills At Work”
When the reality of the world enters the workplace.
A few weeks ago, I attended our company’s “Active Shooter Drill,” discussing survival and safety options. Our local detective led it with over 25 years of law enforcement experience.
Our company has been doing this drill and discussions for a few years now, and I continue to learn more.
If you haven’t had one at your workplace, you may want to suggest it to leadership. Most local police departments will do it free of charge.
Here are a few tips if you haven’t been to one before. I suggest this be an annual drill for your workplace if you don’t have it.
Steps During Active Shooter:
RUN - Escape the area and immediately call 911.
FIGHT - If you cannot escape, throw objects, distract, and try to disarm the shooter.
HIDE - This is the lower survival rate action, but if you have no other choice, this is what you do.
While this is a subject that most people don’t want to talk about, it’s something that is needed.
Questions Our Team Asked
Every year, our team always has excellent follow-up questions; here are some of them:
Team Member: “Will I get in trouble for injuring the assailant if I take them down?”
Police Officer: “No, if you are stopping the threat and you injure the person in doing so, you will not be in trouble. However, it’s important to say, once the assailant is detained, you can no longer continue to cause bodily harm to them.”
This point is important to consider, especially if it comes to a fight and you have to attack the shooter. You will not be in trouble for hurting them during the process.
Team Member: “What if there are mulitple shooters? Can you take a gun from one of them and use it against the others?”
Police Officer: “Yes, you can do that in order to stop the threat. However, if the police pull up and you have a gun in your hands be aware they do not know you are helping. So be sure to place the gun on the ground and put your hands up.”
This was another great question that I had never considered. Something you need to think about when police are arriving and what scene they are pulling up to. Making yourself aware of their presence is essential - as they will come into the scene ready to take a shooter down.
There was a theme here…
Whenever the police officer was asked a question, he always said, “to stop the threat.” That was key.
The teachings aimed to do everything in your power to STOP THE THREAT.
This is a hard reality.
But it’s something we have to live with.
The knowledge and tools to help may save your life and others.
Consider having active shooter drills at work.
I want to hear from you…
Have you had any active shooter training?
Do you have other training (CPR, AED, etc.) for your team?
Have you had an emergency experience at work? What was it?
Let me know what you think, and leave a comment! 👇
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Please note these are just observations and things I was told by a police officer and should not be considered legal advice. Please check with your local authorities.