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
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.