Cooperation may not be the way to go

Source: Scott Blaser
For many years, there was anecdotal information that if you cooperated with a gunman they would likely let you go unharmed. Their main purpose was to rob you, but in the last few years, we now have what is called “active shooters”.These are people who have no other purpose but to kill as many people as possible in as short a time frame as possible.Experts that review these incidents are beginning to find out that cooperating with “active shooters” does not increase your chances of survival, but in most cases decreases them.
 
Working in governmental offices and locations has put us in a highly visible and vulnerable position.We are sometimes picked as the target of disgruntled employees, unhappy constituents and unbalanced individuals just looking for a target with a high profile in order to get as much press or coverage as possible.
 
Over the years there have been enough active shooters at governmental locations and in public areas to warrant a real look at our internal policies, training and procedures.We want to make sure they are up to date, and that everyone is aware of what to do if the situation arises to try to save many lives as possible.
 
The City of Houston, through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, created a training video of what to do during an active shooter scenario.Like other training movies/videos, short and fast reminders were created in order for the trainee to remember what to do in the emergency.Remember the saying if you are caught on fire, Stop – Drop – Roll.This training video about active shooters tells you to Run – Hide – Fight.
 
As you watch the video, you will see the ‘fight’ part is much different than training videos of the past.Like all losses, accidental or on purpose, we learn from each one and experts say if you can’t get away from the shooter and you can’t hide from the shooter, be prepared to defend yourself by whatever means possible.
 
The video is available online through YouTube and through the link below.
 
Please share with your employees, elected officials and visitors. Use this as part of your emergency planning procedures and part of your annual training.And, let us hope that no one will have to go through what Aurora, Co. and Tucson, Az. and Panama City, Fl and Kirkwood, Mo. and Perry Hall, Md. and New York City, NY - and countless others have already gone through.
If you need any assistance with your emergency situation plan, please contact your Risk Control Consultant for help.

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