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ACTIVE SHOOTER NOTES

REMEMBER: 

  • Acts of violence are committed by individuals or groups
  • Usually with firearms and in a public setting
  • Shooters will indiscriminately shoot at any target of opportunity
  • Shooters show no mercy to victims

EXAMPLES
Virginia Tech, Colombine, Mumbai India, Fort Hood, Aurora, Colorado, Nigeria, Kenya, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

SECURITY CONCEPTS

All security is founded on three elements – Time and Space and Reaction:  Whether the thing to be protected is a Nuclear War Head, diamonds, or human life, its security is based on creating time and space for the person or item to be protected and reaction to the threat.

  1. Time gives us the opportunity to react to a threat and space keeps the threat at bay until reaction can take place.
  2. We put diamonds in a safe to protect them.  All safes can be breached, but it takes time to make entry. The safe keeps the thief away from the diamonds and delays entry until alarm sounds and police arrive. This idea applies to your personal security.
  3. Warnings give you time to flee and put space between you and an attacker or to create a barricade to keep the threat away from you and other victims.

“All of the things we will discuss today will employ the Time, Space and Reaction Concept. The time and space concept is enhanced by warnings of impending attack.”

BE ALERT TO POTENTIAL ATTACKERS!

  • You should be aware of former or current employees who may attempt to cause harm to your current employees.
  • Insure that you share information with  Security and your HR Department about problem employees.
  • Active Shooters often dress in a manner that allows the concealment of weapons and equipment.
  • Trans Con Pants (Cargo Pants) allow the concealment of weapons and spare magazines.
  • Bulky Sweat Shirts, duffel bags and back packs can be used to conceal weapons.

    “Investigations of past Active Shooter Events reveals that many carry large backpacks or duffel bags with them to conceal weapons, food, water and other supplies.  Be very aware of individuals with duffel bags and back packs.  If observed, immediately contact Security and or Police Personnel.”

THE NORMAL PROCEDURES to be followed in an Active Shooter Situation involves lockdown and evacuation

  • Survey your facility to locate areas suited for lockdown.  Insure that they have locks that can be activated from the inside.
  • Additional material can be used to make lockdown areas more secure.
  • Furniture such as desks and bookcases should additionally be placed against the locked door.
  • If you or your employees are in a lockdown area, take a position away from the door and at angles to the door way.
  • Lie flat on the floor with head away from door. Get behind furniture or other substantial items. File cabinets and furniture can be used to barricade doorway.
  • As soon as possible turn phone to vibrate and call 911.
  • Advise law enforcement of the situation, your location and injuries if any.
  • Speak in low tones so as not to alert shooter of your position.
  • Stay in lockdown until advised by police, security or management that the situation is stabilized and it is safe to come out.
  • Do not allow a ruse to fool you into opening the door. A ruse was used to get victims to open the door in the Kenya mall shooting.
  • A fellow employee may be forced by attackers to get you to open the door.
  • Communications with the 911 Operator can protect you in this type of situation.
  • Be patient here, take your time.
  • If there is a peep hole in the door, use it, but be silent when doing so. Gun shots can go through most doors.
  • Evacuation of the premises can save lives.
  • It will be necessary to make evacuation announcements over and over again.
  • Concession areas will require many announcements.
  • Be forceful and emphatic.

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY, YOU ALL MUST EVACUATE THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY!
ASSUME THAT NO ONE IN THE FACILITY HAS CALLED 911

  • Make the 911 call, If possible stay on the line.
  • Security Personnel and the Police on the site should be advised of an Active Shooter Situation and given as much information as possible.
  • A responsible employee should be additionally stationed outside to direct responding law enforcement personnel to the attack site. Radio Communications can help with this process.
  • If possible equip radios with ear pieces to allow for enhanced reception of transmissions and to prevent the subject/s from hearing transmissions and moving toward them.

    CROWDS SHOULD BE CLEARED FROM THE FRONT OF THE FACILITY.

  • Evacuation to the immediate front or exits of the facility is not a good option.
  • Keep the crowd moving well into the parking lot or mall area
  • Be aware that bullets travel a long way and will go through heavy glass causing injury.
  • Each individual room or hall will have to be evacuated. Be very forceful and evacuate patrons and employees as well.
  • Insure that evacuation proceeds to a far distant location.
  • Do not allow anyone to remain by the exit doors.
  • Active Shooters may follow right after the fleeing crowds and continue their slaughter.
  • You and your staff should conduct a survey of your facility to develop lockdown and evacuation procedures.
  • Consider how the evacuation process should be activated.
  • Determine who has the authority to activate the evacuation process.
  • Confer with your security staff to develop a procedure for evacuation and lockdown.
  • Work with your local police agency to develop an Active Shooter Plan
  • Invite the local police agency to your facility to do a walkthrough and to conduct discreet training at your location.

ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATIONS ARE  SOMETIMES RESOLVED BY THE ARRIVAL OF ARMED POLICE PERSONNEL.

  • • Active Shooters seldom show any form of mercy and often commit suicide after their rampage.  This takes place after a period of high-energy activity.
  • • This high-energy activity will ultimately drain the shooter and it is at that time that suicide becomes and option for them.
  • • The longer that you can keep space between victims and the shooter, the greater chance of survival.
  • Gain Space through barricade and or evacuation.
  • Police are more effective if they patrol the facility rather than stand in one location.
  • If possible arrange for the police to park patrol car immediately outside the facility as deterrence.

BEGIN YOUR PLANNING AND PREPARATION NOW!
INSURE THAT ALL OF YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE AWARE OF THEIR DUTIES AND SECURITY CONCEPTS AND PROCEDURES.

Discuss your plans and problems that you encounter with Corporate Security.  They are available to assist you in many ways.