Why Every Business Should Have Active Shooter Preparedness Plans
Workplace violence isn’t predictable. Discussing “What if” isn’t always easy, but it’s important. If you found yourself in the middle of a situation with an active shooter, would you be prepared? Would your employees be able to quickly alert the authorities? What about exits or safe hiding locations? By being prepared you can save lives. Workplace violence doesn’t discriminate based on size. Whether your business is large or small, have a plan in place and be ready in the event that tragedy strikes.
Think about this: The average shooter incident lasts 12 minutes with 37% lasting less than 5 minutes. Every second is important. In the heat of the moment, there’s little time to contemplate. By the time the police arrive in 43% of the cases, the crime is over, while 57% of the time the shooting is still underway. Nearly 87% of the time, the offender is a single shooter and 97% of the time, it’s primarily a male shooter.
What you can do: “Stranger Danger. That’s what we tell our kids, right? All visitors and non-employees should have a process by which they enter your facilities. Consider badge printing, ID proofing, check-in, check-out procedures, and visitor reporting. Visitors should have a legitimate reason for their presence. There should also be a limited number of entrances non-employees can access.
What if an unwanted intruder succeeds in accessing your facility? Here are some steps you can take to prepare for such an unfortunate event:
- Install panic alarms that can instantly notify law enforcement of an emergency.
- Install an integrated video system and access control system that can enable rapid building or zone lockdown.
- Have an alert system in place to notify employees in other parts of the building via desktop, “Pop-Up” messages, PA systems, or strobe lights.
- Practice active shooter drills with your employees on a consistent basis.
Want to know more or need some tips to prepare? Download our active shooter preparedness guide here.