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Active shooter in the building! How will workers respond?

Do employees at your workplace know what to do if someone started shooting inside your building?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has gathered materials with recommendations for businesses.

One booklet (PDF) gives advice on how to respond if an active shooter is in the vicinity, in order of preferred response:

  1. Evacuate. Get out of the building. Employees should be familiar with multiple exit routes. Call 911 once you’re safely outside and away from the shooter.

  2. Hide. If you can’t get out of the building, find a place to hide where the shooter is less likely to find you. If possible, use a room in which you can lock the door. Blockade the door with heavy furniture. Silence your cell phone. Hide behind any large items. Remain quiet. If you can make a 911 call without the shooter hearing you, do so. If you can’t, dial 911 and leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what’s going on.

  3. Take action against the shooter. As a last resort, and only when your life in is immediate danger, attempt to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter by: throwing items and improvising weapons; acting as aggressively as possible against the shooter; yelling.

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