In nearly every business large and small, you can often find a floor plan posted on the walls that the employees could use in case of a fire. You can usually find the tornado drill directions hanging near this posting, as well. This has been commonplace for years and years. Many of these businesses will take several times a year to practice these drills by having all of the employees do a walkthrough to make sure everyone would be prepared in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, in today’s world, there is another emergency that is becoming more and more common. Workplace violence and active shooter incidents are growing to become a regular story on any given news program. Many businesses and public places lack the preparation needed in this kind of emergency. Just like the fire drill and tornado drill, it is an excellent idea for any business to have an active shooter/workplace violence plan in place with the proper practice for its employees. Proper planning and rehearsal could save lives, should a situation ever arise.
As a law enforcement officer and nine-year S.W.A.T. veteran, I take great pride in training to respond as rapidly and ready to neutralize any threat to the best of my training and capabilities as do my brave brothers and sisters in blue. However, the reality is that an active shooter can take many lives and can cause an enormous amount of damage, both physical and mental in mere moments, long before law enforcement could be on the scene. Being prepared and developing a well-rehearsed plan should be your first line of defense against a violent predator. This plan could be the only thing that stops casualties and saves lives. This plan should be taught to all personnel and practiced regularly. Like anything, the more an event happens, the more we learn from them. Unfortunately, this is true of violent predators as well. These situations are becoming more and more fatal, for every incident that happens, the next monster learns how to take lives more efficiently than the last.
We too, can and should learn from past devastation. Using past events can teach us a lot about what actions to incorporate into formulating a plan to defend our workplaces against violence. Every day we go to work to get our jobs done, make our paycheck, and go back to the safety of our homes. Have you ever given any thought about what you would do if the unthinkable happened? Would you have a plan? Would your co-workers know what to do if someone came through the door and created a storm of violence? Much like the tornado and fire drills that have been in place for years, we need to have a plan where everyone works together to reduce the damage that a violent monster could create. The right moves at the right time could be the difference between survival and unspeakable horror.
If your company or business needs help to put a plan together, contact GäRD Defense Solutions for a free consultation.