An active shooter is a terrifying event that has dominated our concerns in light of recent incidents in Colorado and Wisconsin. The shooter is on a mission to kill, there is no opportunity to reason with him/her. So, what do you do when confronted with a madman on a mission. There are three things you can do…Run – Hide – Fight!!!
Run – If there is a way out, get out.
o Once you are outside, place an obstacle like a building or large truck between you and the shooter.
o Warn others not to enter the area, call the police.
o Do not interfere with responding police officers; they are also on a mission….Stop the shooter.
Hide – If you cannot escape safely, look for a place to hide.
o Closets, Offices, Copy rooms, Break rooms make good hiding places. Try to find a place with a door, the heavier the door the better.
o Lock and block doors, cover and stay away from windows.
o Remain quiet.
Fight – When directly or imminently confronted by the shooter the best resort is to attack and fight for your life!
o Look for weapons such as fire extinguishers and chairs; anything that can give you an advantage.
o Remember that once you decide to fight, commit. Do not hesitate, do not relent, this is your life.
For information on how to prevent and respond to active shooters and other workplace violence incidents, contact us at www.marcianosecurity.com, or call 855-672-6767.
Marciano Security Management Solutions, your River Valley and Northwest Arkansas security consulting and management firm.