Be Prepared for a Workplace Shooting
Feb 26, 2016
By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC
In response to the recent news in Hesston, Kansas, are you and your employees prepared for a potential workplace shooting? We never hope for a disaster, especially a fatal one. Yet, it’s important to always be prepared for the unexpected. Follow the tips below.
- Hold a workplace shooting safety course as part of your safety meetings. Make sure all employees are aware of what to do in a situation.
- Identify all of your exits (including second story windows). If the shooter is blocking one, you may need a back-up option.
Note: It is best to allow your employees to find their own escape routes/hiding places, as to not expose these to potential shooters.
- Remove your shoes if they prohibit you from running quickly.
- Do not stay to collect your belongings. Leave them behind.
- Call 911 when it is safe to do so.
- If you have your mobile phone on hand, silence it.
If you cannot evacuate the premises, find a hidden location where your intruder/gunman is least likely to discover you.
- Shut and lock or blockade the door.
- Do not block yourself in a way that restricts you from moving.
- Remain silent.
- Do NOT try to be the hero. Get out as quickly and safely as possible; don’t wait for others to follow.
- When the police arrive on scene, follow their instructions.
- Do not attempt to move those who are injured.
- 98 percent of shooting attacks are carried out by a single perpetrator. If you can avoid the area where you hear gunfire, you are usually safe.