News of active shooter events have become a common occurrence in the United States. These situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly, often with the shooter continuing to move throughout the area until stopped by law enforcement, suicide, or other intervention.

Office buildings, shopping malls, warehouses, factories, retail stores, and a variety of other businesses are often the scene where innocent people are injured or lose their lives. The FBI reports that 40% of all active shooter events occur in a place of business.

Knowing how to react in an active shooter situation could literally be the difference between life and death for those present when the shooting starts.

Have a plan in place, train employees how to execute the plan, and practice those procedures regularly.

Work with local law enforcement to access your location and create an evacuation procedure.

Instruct employees how to protect themselves and others during the incident.

Learn how to contact law enforcement and what information they need to successfully intervene.

FEMA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and many other groups have published guidelines to help businesses prepare.


George Maginnis