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TRAINING YOUR STAFF FOR AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION

To best prepare your staff for an active shooter situation, create an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), and conduct training exercises. Together, the EAP and training exercises will prepare your staff to effectively respond and help minimize loss of life. Components of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Create the EAP with input from several stakeholders including your human resources department, your training department (if one exists), facility owners / operators, your property manager, and local law enforcement and/or emergency responders.

An effective EAP includes:

• A preferred method for reporting fires and other emergencies

• An evacuation policy and procedure

• Emergency escape procedures and route assignments (i.e., floor plans, safe areas)

• Contact information for, and responsibilities of individuals to be contacted under the EAP

• Information concerning local area hospitals (i.e., name, telephone number, and distance from your location)

• An emergency notification system to alert various parties of an emergency including:

– Individuals at remote locations within premises

– Local law enforcement

– Local area hospitals

• Preparedness

– Ensure that your facility has at least two evacuation routes

– Post evacuation routes in conspicuous locations throughout your facility – Include local law enforcement and first responders during training exercises

– Encourage law enforcement, emergency responders, SWAT teams, K-9 teams, and bomb squads to train for an active shooter scenario at your location

• Prevention

– Foster a respectful workplace

– Be aware of indications of workplace violence and take remedial actions accordingly

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