ACTIVE SHOOTER - Workplace Violence
Go to anyinternet search engine and you will find various definitions for an "active shooter". The best definition I can give is a person engaged in shooting and killing or attempting to shoot or kill a group of individuals with no pattern or method to the selection of their victims.
Imagine how fast it takes place and the confusion it causes. In addition, it is typicallyover very quickly before police have had a chance to arrive on the scene.
So what oes one do? The Depatment of Homeland Security Suggests the following:
- Be aware of your surroundings and any possible dangers
- Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit
- If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door.
- If you are in a hallway, get into a room and secure the door.
- Finally, and as a last resort, when the shooter is at close range and you can not flee, attempt to takethe shooter down.
In addition, I offer the following advice when you are in the area of an "active shooter". First, don't try to be a hereo. Get out of the area if you can.That's right, get the heck out of there.If that is not an option, hide. Turn off your cell phone and any other source of noise and remain quiet. The bigger and more mass to the object you are hiding behind the better.
If the above is not possible, you may find yourself having to tke action against the shooter. Act agressively as possible, yelling and throwing what ever you can get your hands on, and committing to your action.
Finally, let's go back to the first part of this scenario. The shooter is down and the police are just now arriving. Keep your hands up when exiting the building and your finger wide apart. Remain calm and quiet. If the responding officeres have questions they will ask you. Follow their directions and try to remeber the first responder is not there to treat any wounded or give you directions. Medical and other Teams will follow.
Posted on Wed, January 25, 2012
by Ted DeMatteo