Employer to Teach Active Shooter Response Training
Mechele Mills

In light of the increasing number of mass shootings in the U.S., most recently in Orlando, FL, BBB felt it appropriate to offer the following tips on how to keep your employees safe should your organization ever be faced with an active shooter situation. It is not an easy topic to consider, but it’s one which needs to be discussed and practiced. The tips come from Mark Seguin, founder and CEO of TBG Solutions, Inc.

“Unfortunately, workplace violence and mass shootings are becoming more commonplace”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “This has prompted many employers to include active shooter response training as a new area of security for their employees.”

Active shooter response trainings teach businesses to be pro-active, not reactive, in making staff and employees aware of key principles that empower them to make life-saving decisions in the heat of the moment.

Participants walk through realistic responses to active shooter situations using the following principals endorsed by the US Department of Homeland Security to prepare and help increase the chances of survival during an active shooter situation:

RUN: Your best possible chance of survival is to get out of harm’s way. Enhance your evacuation strategies to include breaking windows and established rally point.

HIDE: If it is not possible to get out, then hide out. But don’t just turn off the lights; barricade the door as best as you can. Make it impossible for the shooter to enter your room.

FIGHT: If the shooter steps into your room, then you need to be ready to disrupt his accuracy and keep him from taking another shot. Throw anything you have, move about the room, and be ready to subdue him until the authorities arrive.

“Active shooter response trainings will take employees’ minds to a place where they can prepare mentally for an active shooter situation, as individuals tend to freeze up or panic in a situation that is unexpected and for which they haven’t prepared”, said Seguin. “Response training will prepare them so that they can be ready to respond, and respond properly, in an active shooter situation.”

Additionally, employers should:

Have active shooter kits throughout the building and at every desk which contain fire extinguishers, hammers (to use for getting out of a window or to throw at the shooter), rope (to tie doors shut), and long range pepper spray.

Analyze each area in the building and see if there are things you can change or add to make it easier to respond to an active shooter such as:
• Having furniture which is easy to move and can be used to barricade doors
• Installing signage to clearly indicate the fastest way out of a building
• Changing the swing of doors to make them easier to barricade or install commercial door closers on doors without them