Birmingham Police Department responded to multiple 911 calls this morning of an active shooter at the UPS customer service center located near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The motives for the incident are not yet known, but the shooter—a uniformed UPS employee—and two other employees were found dead when officers arrived. For continuing coverage of the incident, click here.

No one can predict when an active shooter incident will occur, but there are certain behaviors that can raise warning flags. You should contact human resources if someone displays the following behavior:

  • Upset over recent events or a personal crisis
  • Use/abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Grudges, the inability to handle criticism, habitually making excuses, and blames others for their problems
  • Makes threats to harm self, others, or property
  • Fascination with weapons and/or references to weapons, violent media content, or violent events
  • Chronic and hypersensitive complaints about persecution or injustice
  • Jokes or offensive comments about violent acts
  • Challenges or resists authority
  • Suspicious, stalking or makes unwelcome, obsessive romantic gestures
  • Communicates specific proposed acts of disruption or violence

This example should be a sobering reminder that acts of workplace violence can happen quickly and end fatally. Make sure your employees know what to do if an active shooter incident occurs at your location. Review the Active Shooter Tabletop in the Knowledge Center of your Preparis Portal for a general exercise on what your company should do, or contact your Client Services representative to learn how we can customize your own active shooter tabletop by calling 404.662.2965.

Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.