By Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM
3 things to know for your safety.
Active shooter response priorities.
We have all heard the term “Active Shooter” but do you know what to do next if an incident arises? Should an incident occur, fortifying yourself and your attendees while awaiting help is essential. Remember that it is not your job to confront the Suspect or to try to ‘solve’ the problem. We are planners, not heroes. Simply follow these key safety steps until Law Enforcement arrives and takes over. When they do, get out of their way.
FIRST PRIORITY: Instruct attendees to leave the area, preferably heading out of the building. Providing guests with a confident presence and firm directions will help maintain order. It’s a big task given the situation, but it will provide the essential guidance people instinctively seek in times of crisis.
Attendees should be directed to keep their hands visible for any first responders. Staff and attendees need to know that Law Enforcement will not be stopping for them or for wounded people. Law Enforcement’s first job is to stop the threat. A rescue team will be assembled and will assist the wounded next.
SECOND PRIORITY: Lock those who are unable to leave the building in a secure area, away from the Suspect. If possible, lock the door(s), barricade them with anything possible, remain quiet, and wait for assistance from Law Enforcement.
THIRD PRIORITY: Be prepared to fight for your life. If escape and shelter are not possible or the Suspect is able to penetrate your barricade and you are confronted by the Suspect, you may need to fight for your life. Think fast and use anything available to you as a shield or weapon.
Remember, it is going to take several minutes for Law Enforcement to respond. What you may not know is that Active Shooter/Killer incidents are usually over before Law Enforcement’s arrival, so your ability to remember these steps and react as calmly as possible will be critical.
While these guidelines are beneficial, contact your local Law Enforcement for their best practices or active shooter training opportunities.
Special thanks to Officer Brian Berrigan and Sgt. William Vine for their assistance with this article.
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