[Video] How to Survive a Workplace Shooting
January 2, 2013 2 Comments
Warning: The video is graphic.
With the recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn., I’ve thought a lot about how to prepare for such an event. My wife’s school has procedures designed to save lives and protect the children (and she’s had to use them a few times) — but at our office, we haven’t had any meaningful discussions about what to do. I think it is probably a good idea for every business to talk about their plans and procedures in the event that such a tragedy ensues.
Earlier today, I came across this instructional video (above) created by the Alabama Department of Homeland Security, where they cover what to do in a mass shooting situation. They recommend three actions: Run, Hide, and Fight.
Their tactics are summarized as follows:
- If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate [I always look for the nearest exit(s); do you?]
- Evacuate whether others agree to or not [They suggest not letting others hold you up]
- Leave your belongings behind
- Help others escape if possible
- Prevent others from entering the area
- Call 911 when you are safe [I'd probably try to call 911 and escape -- maybe that's not a good idea]
- Lock and/or blockade the door
- Silence your cell phone [... and turn off the cell phone's light]
- Hide behind large objects
- Remain very quiet
Your hiding place should:
- Be out of the shooter’s view
- Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction
- Not trap or restrict your options for movement
- Attempt to incapacitate the shooter [I think this is probably the scariest]
- Act with physical aggression
- Improvise weapons
- Commit to your actions
When calling 911:
- Remain calm and follow instructions
- Keep your hands visible at all times
- Avoid pointing or yelling
- Know that help for the inured is on its way [They state that the authorities who arrive on the scene first are there to incapacitate the shooter, not tend to victims]
Do you have plans at your workplace for such an event? If so, have you ever had to use them? What about the suggestions above — do you disagree with any?