Active Shooter Policy

This document provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, to prepare and respond to anyone with any type of weapon attempting to cause fatal harm in our workspaces.

Active shooter incidents are extremely rare; however, we want to ensure our employees are equipped with basic tools should the unfortunate situation arise. All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations.

The following procedures are to be enacted should you have a reasonable suspicion that there is a shooting on the company or nearby property.  This is confirmed through witnesses hearing gunshots in conjunction with bystanders running or calling for help.  Or the firsthand witnessing of a person with a weapon attempting to cause fatal harm to others.

These situations are unpredictable, evolve quickly, and are often over within 10 to 15 minutes before law enforcement arrives on the scene.  Due to the fast-paced nature of these situations, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

Evacuate (Run)

  • Getting away from the shooter or shooters is the first priority.
  • Leave your belongings behind and getaway.
  • Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Warn and prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Call 9-1-1 when you are safe and prepare to give the dispatcher:
    • Facility address and location of the incident in the facility
    • Description of the situation and the shooter
    • Description of weapons being used.

Hide

If evacuation would cause you to be directly in harm’s way, find a place to hide where you are unlikely to be found.

Potential Hiding Spots

  • Out of view
  • Provides protection if shots are fired in your direction (a room with a closed and locked door)
  • Doesn’t trap you or prevent your chance to escape if the assailant moves to another area
  • If possible, lock the door or block the door with heavy furniture (cabinets, desks)
  • Silence your cell phone
  • Turn off any sources of noise (radios, televisions)
  • Try to communicate with the police silently. Use text messages or social media to tag your location or put a sign in a window.
  • Hide behind large items
  • Remain quiet

Take Action

  • Fighting is a last resort, and to be used only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to distract, disrupt, or stop the active shooter
  • Act as aggressively as possible against him or her
  • Throw items and use improvised weapons (fire extinguishers, scissors, books)

After

  • Follow law enforcement instructions and evacuate in the direction they come from unless otherwise instructed.
  • Keep your hands visible and empty.
  • Know that law enforcement’s first task is to end the incident and they may have to pass injured along the way.
  • Take care of yourself first, then provide first aid to others if you are trained to do so.
  • If the injured are in immediate danger, help get them to safety.

Resources:

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-907

https://www.ready.gov/active-shooter

https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/active_shooter_booklet.pdf