September 24, 2020

Active Shooter Preparedness & Survival – Part 4

Written by Robert D. Sollars

Now we come to the actual items that employers need to safeguard the lives of their most valuable assets, YOU. Specifically, here are some blanket suggestions for them;

If you’re at a desk, and the panels go all the way to the floor, then is a good thing to hide under, that would get you out of sight. If there is a barrier that you can put between you and the perpetrator… Whatever an individual does, I don’t recommend a strategy that involves running away, especially for disabled employees because if they use assistive devices, they make an attractive target.

The best strategy for a disabled individual is to simply hide unless circumstances require otherwise. If the disabled individual wishes to evacuate the facility, they must be willing to abandon their assistive devices, if they can. This will allow them to quickly move forward in getting out of the danger zone. Wheelchair-bound, and others with mobility issues, they are a different duck altogether.

They need to know that a pre-determined place for them to hide is imperative. Their hidey-hole, by necessity, is close by and the same parameters as with non-disabled employees…

As for the fight method… that is entirely up to the individual. If they can fight back and aren’t frozen or scared stiff by the prospect…then do it. Throwing items at the shooter is the best option for any individual. Any object that is heavy and causes someone to be distracted by someone else.

I firmly and whole-heartedly believe that this is the best course of action. Fight the intruder first before they can cause further mayhem. It has been overwhelmingly, through innumerable scenarios – real-life and training, proven that if you attack the perpetrator, remember they may not all have a firearm; you can overwhelm and stop them. And if you don’t stop them, you will slow them down enough to potentially allow your co-workers to escape before harm …

How exactly do you confront someone who wishes you harm? Not an easy answer, but to simplify…for some people…it won’t be easy, some people avoid confrontation, of all kinds, like the coronavirus! Understandably they are reluctant to face a weapon. The key point with this? If you can, then do it. If you can’t, then don’t.

Another possibility is using a code word to alert others. The most likely response will be “nothing has ever happened before, so why do it now? Hopefully, those observations would always be correct…never have to employ a code phrase.

Instituting a code phrase is a good option for any facility. The phrase needs to be something that will not alert the predator unless they’re an ex-employee – which means it should have been changed already – that something is amiss, but also something that is not used in regular conversation…ever. Using a phrase such as code 77 might be helpful. That would certainly never be used in regular conversation.

These few posts have attempted, and I hope successfully, inform you of how-to assist employees in the event of an active shooter scenario or another such disaster. Will they be effective? I don’t know, simply because I don’t know your facility or organization.

I do know of organizations that performed above and beyond their intelligence level during a crisis. I also know several places, where the employees were highly intelligent and fell apart into pieces at a disaster and, literally, couldn’t function…

If you would also, keep in mind, I can assist your organization with their active shooter plans for all employees, disabled and otherwise. Contact me via Website: www.sollarsviolenceprevention.com [email protected] Phone: 480-251-5197

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