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Want to find out more about ADC? When should you fight? Or What to do when Law enforcement arrive? The Answers to these and more can be found below.

 
How to recognize the potential for workplace violence

Most incidents of workplace violence don’t involve an active shooter, but everyone should be able to recognize when a violent situation may develop. Consider that the source of the violence is often a current or former employee, or an acquaintance of a current or former employee.

People typically do not just “snap,” but rather display indicators of potentially violent behavior over time. If these behaviors are recognized, they can often be managed and treated. Alert your supervisor or human resources department if you believe an employee or coworker exhibits potentially violent behaviors. Common motives for active shooters include anger, revenge, ideology and untreated mental illness.

Some possible indicators of potentially violent behaviors include the following:

  • Increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs

  • Unexplained increase in absenteeism

  • Noticeable decrease in attention to appearance and hygiene

  • Depression/withdrawal

  • Resistance and overreaction to changes in policy and procedures

  • Repeated violations of company policies

  • Increased severe mood swings

  • Noticeably unstable, emotional responses

  • Explosive outbursts of anger or rage without provocation

  • Comments about suicide or “putting things in order”

  • Paranoid behavior or comments (such as, “Everybody is against me”)

  • Increasing talk of problems at home or severe financial problems

  • Escalation of domestic problems into the workplace (angry phone calls or visitors)

  • Talk of previous incidents of violence

  • Empathy with individuals committing violence

  • Increase in unsolicited comments about firearms, other dangerous weapons and violent crimes

Discuss the characteristics of an active shooter situation.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. In most cases, active shooters use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Law enforcement is usually required to end an active shooter situation.

Your initial reactions may include:

  • Confusion

  • Disbelief

  • Shock

  • Panic

Because these incidents are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, you’re on your own to take the best actions you can to avoid injury. It’s always a good practice, wherever you are, to take note of the two nearest exits and be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.

Recommended responses to an active shooter

When you hear gunfire, you must quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommend the following responses (in order of preference):

  • Evacuate

  • Hide out

  • Take aggressive action

You don’t have much time to decide what to do.

Discuss evacuation

our best option is to get out of the shooter’s area. This is why you always want to know where your closest exits are located.

If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind

  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow

  • Leave your belongings behind

  • Help others escape, if possible

  • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be

  • Keep your hands visible

  • Follow the instructions of any police officers

  • Do not attempt to move wounded people

  • Call 911 when you are safe

The option to hide

If evacuation isn’t possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.

Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the active shooter’s view

  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (e.g., an office with a closed and locked door)

  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement

To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place, lock the door and blockade it with heavy furniture.

If the active shooter is nearby:

  • Lock the door

  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager

  • Turn off any source of noise (e.g., radios, televisions)

  • Hide behind large items (e.g., cabinets, desks)

  • Remain quiet

If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:

  • Remain calm

  • Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location

  • If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen

Explain the option to fight

As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:

  • Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her

  • Throwing items, yelling and improvising weapons

  • Working together with other victims to incapacitate the shooter

It’s very important to fully commit to your actions.

Review what to do when law enforcement arrives

Law enforcement’s purpose is to stop the active shooter as soon as possible. Officers will proceed directly to the area in which the last shots were heard.

The responding officers:

  • Usually arrive in teams of four

  • May wear regular patrol uniforms or external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets, and other tactical equipment

  • May be armed with rifles, shotguns and handguns

  • May use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation

  • May shout commands and may push people to the ground for their safety

Responding officers probably don’t know who the shooter is or how many perpetrators are involved. It’s important for you to be recognized as a victim.

When law enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions

  • Put down any items in your hands (e.g., bags, jackets, phones)

  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers

  • Keep hands visible at all times

  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers, such as holding on to them for safety

  • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling

Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering.

Describe the information to provide to law enforcement

Whether you are communicating with a 911 operator or a responding officer, provide the following information:

  • Location of the active shooter

  • Number of shooters, if more than one

  • Physical description of the shooter(s)

  • Number and type of weapons held by the shooter(s)

  • Number of potential victims at the location

Discuss what to do after the initial response

The first officers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Expect rescue teams comprised of additional officers and emergency medical personnel to follow the initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove any injured persons. They may also call upon able-bodied individuals to assist in removing the wounded from the premises.

Once you have reached a safe location or an assembly point, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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