You may have noticed that we have been talking about workplace violence and active shooters frequently these past few weeks. With incidents such as the Navy Yard shooting, the Kellum Law Firm shooting, the Upton Law Firm shooting, and the New Town shooting it is with urgency that we advocate for active shooter preparation.
When it comes to preparing your crisis management team and employees for workplace violence, the key is to create a plan, then train regularly upon that plan.
If a gunman entered your building, would your employees know how to respond? For example, would your staff know whether to attempt to evacuate the building, or would they try to shelter-in- place?
What would happen if an active shooter entered your building? Or what if an anonymous source called in a bomb threat to one of your tenants? Would your security team know whether they should evacuate or shelter-in-place? Property managers must understand the imminent threats to their tenants and staff, plus have emergency preparedness plans to protect them.
On Thursday, April 11, the Fox TV show, Glee, took on the challenge of showing a school response to the threat of an active shooter. Their actions included some textbook procedures as was as potentially fatal flaws. By taking a look at dramatized response we can learn some best practices in active shooter response.