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Is Your Organization Vulnerable To An Active Shooter?

Active shooter events are occurring more and more frequently. And, according to an FBI study, over 80% of the active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013 occured at work.

It is clear, now more than ever, that all emergency preparedness plans must include active shooter response procedures. It is an area of emergency response that cannot be ignored - no organization is immune.

To ensure you’re taking the right steps to protect your organization, download our free Active Shooter Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Written by Jason Bryant, a law enforcement expert who specializes in active shooter situations, you’ll get the best training strategies and tactics to educate and protect your staff.

Preparing For An Active Shooter Situation

When it comes to active shooter events, 90% of the work must be done before an incident ever occurs. Proper preparation could mean the difference between lives saved and lives lost.

You need to prepare both the physical location of your business, as well as your employees. Taking the necessary steps to evaluate and address any issues with your physical office space will prevent your organization from being a “soft” target and go a long way toward dissuading potential shooters.

And, if an active shooter does target your organization, your employees will have the knowledge and training to better protect themselves.

Preparation should include:

  • Training your employees to recognize signs of potential violence
  • Creating an active shooter response plan
  • Sharing your active shooter response plan with your entire organization
  • Mentally and physically training employees to deal with an active shooter
  • Hardening your site against an active shooter
  • Predetermining a media plan

What To Do During An Active Shooter Situation

An ongoing active shooter event is extremely chaotic. You’ll need open lines of communication to alert all team members of the incident, remind them of your organization’s active shooter response procedures, and continuously share updates as the event unfolds.

Successful communication during a crisis requires:

  • Speed
  • Multi-channel delivery
  • Two-way messaging

Creating a comprehensive communication plan is critical. Rapid notification is a key factor in saving people's lives.

What To Do After An Active Shooter Situation

There is still a great amount of work to be done after the incident has ended.

First, human resources and/or the management team should account for and check in with each team member to determine the scope of both physical and psychological injuries.

Then, you can engage in post-event activities. This includes:

  • Providing access to healthcare specialists and mental health professionals
  • Notifying the family members of those affected by the incident
  • Identifying and filling any personnel or operations gaps left in the organization
  • Publicizing post-incident instructions
  • Putting your predetermined media plan into action
  • Analyzing the effectiveness of your active shooter response plan
  • Creating a post-emergency report

You have the ability to prepare your organization for an active shooter.

To learn how to create and implement active shooter preparedness plans, download our free guide. Written by Jason Bryant, a 20-year law enforcement veteran who specializes in active shooter incidents, this guide covers everything you need to know.

Take action now to protect your people and your organization.

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