Our speaker at the June 11th meeting was Travis Thompson, Director of Risk Management at the Hylant Group. Travis delivered and excellent presentation on Active Shooter preventative measures and mitigative responses. His theme for a response to an active shooter is to run, hide or fight.
Research shows that most shooters are male and fall in the age group of 15-19 years old or 40-44 years old. They attack places they know, which is school for the younger group and work place for the older group. They usually have not been diagnosed with a mental illness and many have published manifesto-like messages on social media. The shooter wants a high body count and most victims are shot at a point-blank range. The average duration of an event is 12 minutes and is usually done before law enforcement arrives. The event concludes when the shooter encounters resistance.
Run- Before a shooter can gain access to your building, they should be greeted by a person to act as a deterrent just by being there or by recognizing hostility and warning others. Always be aware of where the exits are and where you would seek safety outside.
Hide- Get to a room with no internal windows that can be locked or barricaded. The goal is to keep the aggressor out and discourage entry.
Fight- Be prepared to throw something at the shooter and then run for the exit if possible. Anything you can throw is useful, including a can of soup!
Travis reminded us that we a responsible for preparedness in our workplace and suggests contacting local police and fire departments for help in getting a response plan created and possible instruction.