Working in governmental offices and other government properties puts employees in a highly visible and vulnerable position. Workers are sometimes picked as the target of disgruntled employees and unhappy constituents, as well as unbalanced individuals looking for a high-profile target in order to get as much press coverage as possible.
Over the years, there have been enough active shooters at governmental locations and in public areas to warrant an organization to thoroughly examine its internal policies, training and procedures for dealing with this type of crisis. Policies and procedures should be up to date, and all employees should be aware of what to do if a situation arises.
The City of Houston received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to create a short training video that teaches viewers what to do during an active shooter situation. Like other training videos, short, fast reminders were created to instruct employees what to do in this type of emergency. Relative to active shooters, this training video says that you should: Run – Hide – Fight. (Remember the instructions if you are caught on fire: Stop – Drop – Roll.)
Viewers of the “Run.Hide.Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event” video will see that the “Fight” instruction is much different than training videos of the past. From their research, experts say if you can’t get away from the shooter and if you can’t hide from the shooter, be prepared to defend yourself by whatever means possible.
Please share this training video with your employees, elected officials and visitors. Have this video as part of your emergency planning procedures and part of your annual training.
And let us hope that no one will have to experience what Aurora, Colo.; Tucson, Ariz.; Panama City, Fla.; Kirkwood, Mo.; Perry Hall, Md; New York City and countless others have already gone through. If you need any assistance with your emergency situation plan, please contact your risk control consultant.