Is your organization prepared to act in the event of an Active Shooter situation? While it may not be easy to address the topic with your employees and management staff, it is necessary to have a plan in place that allows you to maximize safety for all customers and workers. Studies show that 70 percent of Active Shooter situations take place at a business or educational institution and that 69 percent come to an end within five minutes. With such a short frame, organizations need to know what to do before law enforcement is able to respond.
Identifying warning signs in employees may allow you to spot a potential shooter before an incident occurs. In this case, professional intervention can save lives. Some risk factors include unstable emotions, resistance to company policies, and an obsession with weapons and violence. In addition, organizations must develop a comprehensive action plan that educates and trains individuals to promote safety and security.