What to do when a gunman enters your building
Following the tragic events in Newtown recently we wanted to share information about the correct way to deal with an armed gunman entering your workplace.
The chances are still very very low that this will happen to you, but you need to be prepared in case the worst happens.
RUN. HIDE. FIGHT
- In most cases there is no pattern to the selection of their victims
- Every office should create an emergency action plan
- Develop a system of informing everyone in the office when an emergency occurs
- If you can get out safely, do so. But evacuate the building only when you know it is safe
- Move to a safe location regardless of whether others agree to follow. Don't wait to persuade others
- Leave your belingings behind, and help others escape if you can
- If you do decide to leave the building, make sure to do so with your hands up in case police are present
- If not evacuating, seek a room preferably without interior windows and with a lockable door.
- Once in the room, lock the door and do not open the door again until authorities arrive
- Barricade the door with furniture. Turn out the lights. Remain quiet. Silence cell phones.
- Call 911 when it is safe to do so. You do not need to speak - leave the line open for the dispatcher to listen
- Update 911 when you learn of new information like injuries or the location of the shooter
- If your life depends on it; act very aggressively, shout, throw anything to hand and improvise weapons
- When law enforcement arrives, remain calm, put down any objects, raise hands, be quiet
The following videos, produced by Texas State Office of Risk management (SORM) and the Department of Homeland Security, explain in more detail.