1-2 Hour Workplace Active Shooter Training
Our workplace active shooter training course was created by experienced law enforcement and military veterans and is intended to help employers enhance their preparedness for the worst case scenario of violence in the workplace. There have been countless national tragedies at schools, public events, and in the workplace. The risk that they pose is real. There is no warning, and an active shooter incident can happen at any time. Register for this training today to prepare ahead of time so that when seconds count, employers are ready to take an active role in their own safety.
Next Steps for When the Time Comes to Face an Active Shooter
Knowing how to react to the threats posed are a key component of workplace active shooter training.
Getting away from the shooter/shooters is always the top priority. Leave belongings behind and run away. If safe to do so, warn others nearby, and call 911 when in a safe place. Describe each shooter, locations, and weapons to the best of one’s ability.
If escaping safely is not an option, find a hiding place. Get out of the shooter’s view and stay quiet. Silence electronic devices and make sure they will not vibrate. Lock doors and block/barricade them, close the blinds, and turn off the lights. Do not hide in groups—spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the shooter. Try to communicate with police non-verbally, (for example, through text messages or by putting a sign in a window). Stay in place until law enforcement arrives to provide assistance.
The last resort when in danger is to defend one’s self. Commit to actions and act with aggression to stop the shooter. Ambush the shooter with co-workers if possible. Craft makeshift weapons and use chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, and books to distract and/or disarm the shooter.
Workplace Active Shooter Training: What to Expect from This Course
This course is 1 – 2 hours in length, has two versions with different amenities, and may be delivered in the form of a live onsite workshop or live online webinar. The one-hour version of the training service offers a PowerPoint presentation with a question and answer (Q&A) session at the end. The two-hour version of the training service is more comprehensive because it is also paired with Active Shooter Awareness training drills and a value-added Vulnerability Assessment of the employer’s building.
What employers will receive from this training:
- Self-protection tips during an active shooter incident and self-protection/safety awareness against any possible dangers during everyday life
- Knowing what to look for and how to react during an active shooter incident in the workplace
- Suggestions for minor security upgrades to work stations, and cover tools for self-protection
- Active Shooter Awareness training drills where employees will return to their work stations and the trainer simulates an active shooter incident
- Each employee will act as if it was real, and use the training that was provided in the earlier seminar. After the drill, the trainer will debrief with all employees and provide further instruction (if needed) with corrections and feedback.
- Vulnerability Assessment where the trainer will walk the grounds of the organization, search for vulnerable access points, and identify the most effective hiding places and escape routes
- Confidence about being a survivor, not a victim
Active Shooting Incidents in the U.S. and General Facts
An active shooter is defined as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.”
In 2015, Congress defined “mass killings” as “3 or more killings in a single incident” in light of the Sandy Hook High School incident that occurred in Newtown, CT (P.L. 112-265). If any new or existing gun laws are to be considered in the future, they will probably warrant “requests for comprehensive data on the prevalence and deadliness of these incidents.”
In 2017, the U.S. experienced a whopping total of 346 mass shootings. This resulted in 590 confirmed deaths and 1981 victims injured.
On Friday, May 18, 2018, a 17-year-old gunman named Dimitrios Pagourtzis was arrested and detained for shoot and killing 10 students and faculty members at Santa Fe High School. The nonprofit organization, Gun Violence Archive, recorded this instance as America’s 101st mass shooting of 2018.
*This course is not intended to serve as a legal opinion or as a substitute for legal advice. Consult your attorney regarding any employment-related claims and disciplinary action.