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Domestic Terrorism in the Workplace

Photos By Terry Downing October 22, 2019

Photo of Active Shooter Training Speaker James W. Potts


Here is a quick recap of some tips that James Potts shared during his Seminar, for more information from Potts & Associates click here.


"It's not about getting ready, it's about being ready!"

HOW TO RESPOND

WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY



QUICKLY DETERMINE THE MOST REASONABLE WAY TO PROTECT YOUR OWN LIFE. CUSTOMERS AND CLIENTS ARE LIKELY TO FOLLOW THE LEAD OF EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS DURING AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION


1. Run

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.

  • Leave your belongings behind

  • Keep your hands visible


2. Hide

  • Hide in an area out of the active shooter's view.

  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors


3. Fight

  • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger

  • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter

  • Act with physical aggression and


Quick Tips on how to Respond to


CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES ON THE SCENE


1. HOW YOU SHOULD REACT WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES:

  • Remain calm and follow officers' instructions

  • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling

  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers

  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating. Just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises

  • Avoid making quick movements toward officials such as attempting to hold on to them for safety

2. INFORMATION YOU SHOULD PROVIDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR 911 OPERATOR:

  • Location of the victims and the active shooter by the shooter's

  • Number and type of weapons held

  • Number of shooters. if more than one

  • Physical description of shooters

  • Number of potential victims at the location


RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF POTENTIAL WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

AN ACTIVE SHOOTER MAY BE A CURRENT OR FORMER EMPLOYEE. ALERT YOUR HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT IF YOU BELIEVE AN EMPLOYEE EXHIBITS POTENTIALLY VIOLENT BEHAVIOR. INDICATORS OF POTENTIALLY VIOLENT BEHAVIOR MAY INCLUDE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs

  • Unexplained increase in absenteeism, and/or vague physical complaints

  • Depression Withdrawal

  • Increased severe mood swings, and noticeably unstable or emotional responses

  • Increasingly talks of problems at home

  • Increase in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms, and other dangerous weapons and violent crimes


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