An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing (or attempting to kill) people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, active shooters use rearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. The average duration of an active shooter incident is less than ten minutes. According to the FBI, both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of active shooter incidents based on their response to the situation. To prepare your organization for an active shooter incident, the Department of Homeland Security recommends the development of emergency action plans and conducting mock training exercises. Grainger offers a wide range of solutions to help you mitigate the threat related to active shooter incidents and improve your state of readiness.
stakeholders (human resources, facilities management and
local law enforcement).
• Develop and maintain evacuation policies and procedures.
• Recognize that evacuation plans may be vastly different than
evacuation plans for fires or other situations.
• Institute access controls and implement additional security
measures to ensure the physical security of your location.
• Assemble crisis kits (radios, floor plans, first aid kits, etc.)
• Recognize that employees and visitors are likely to follow the
lead of managers during an emergency situation.
• Managers should be familiar with the emergency action plan,
ready to take immediate action and remain calm.
• Alert local authorities and other employees at remote locations
within the premises.
• Lock and barricade doors and evacuate employees and
visitors via preplanned evacuation route(s).
• Address the needs of individuals with special needs or
determine if anyone is missing or injured.
• Managers should make sure evacuees do not leave assembly
areas until a responsible official indicates there is no threat.
• After there is no longer a threat, HR and/or management should
begin post-event assessments and activities.
• Determine a method of notifying families of individuals affected
(in collaboration with local law enforcement).
• Assess the psychological state of individuals at the scene and
refer them to health care specialists accordingly.
Making Healthcare “Safer”—Active Shooter Prevention and Response
Hospital staff members are exposed to volatile situations on a daily basis from individuals who suffer from psychological disorders, are distraught over the condition of a loved one, or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These situations are increasingly escalating to violence, including an increase in the number of hospital shootings. According to a recent study, shootings have been documented in all types of hospitals, including inner-city, suburban and rural in facilities of all sizes. This dynamic environment and it’s potential for violent disruption have hospital leadership searching for solutions that will protect their staff and patients.
Grainger Insights: Preparing for an Active Shooter Incident
Grainger Insights interviews HSS-EM’s Christopher Sonne and Billy Castellano about the Hospital Active Shooter Program, which helps healthcare facilities mitigate the threat of workplace violence.
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