Sent to me (my office), on how to respond to an active shooter after the events in Paris last Friday. It is surprising that this wasn’t sent out when there was a supposed shooter in the Navy Yard last summer?
This video, recently produced by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, dramatizes an active shooter incident in the workplace. Its purpose is to educate the public on how to respond during such an incident. Warning: The initial sequence in this video may be disturbing.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearm(s) and there is no pattern to their selection of victims.”
Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Since active shooter situations are often over within minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be both mentally and physically prepared to deal with an active shooter situation.
Your actions can make a difference for your safety and survival. Be aware and be prepared.
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
If you are to ever find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event, quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that employees are likely to follow the lead of managers during an active shooter situation. The plan doesn’t have to be complicated. You have three options that can make a difference: Run. Hide. Fight.
In preference and priority order, there are three general options or responses when one is confronted by an active shooter situation:
1. Run (First preference and priority)
2. Hide (Second preference and priority)
3. Fight (Third preference and priority)
Call 911 when it is safe to do so.
Information you should provide to the 911 operator or law enforcement includes:
Attempt a quick accounting of workers.
When law enforcement arrives:
The active shooter incident will be a dynamic situation that evolves rapidly and demands immediate response from law enforcement to terminate the life-threatening situation. The immediate response of the first patrolmen or officer on scene is to take aggressive action to find and stop the shooter(s). Rescue efforts will be delayed until the danger can be either mitigated or eliminated.
Weapons Prohibition – Possession or use of firearms and other dangerous weapons on a federally owned or leased facility, including grounds, parking lots and buildings, is illegal as stated in 18 USC Chapter 44, Section 930 (a) and (b). Violators are subject to fine and/or imprisonment for periods up to five (5) years.