This morning, in a Maryland office park, the routine work day was shattered by the sounds of panic, gunfire, and death. Again, an individual decided that today was the day he was going to repay perceived injustices to those individuals with whom he had worked side-by-side for several months. Today he decided this was the answer to all his problems, bring a gun to work and kill the innocent. As the day progresses we will be introduced to all sorts of variables about his childhood, his past activity, his family life, everything the media can find to dissect, debate, and ponder on. Bottom line, there are dead and injured employees, families that will not understand what happened and why, and will be faced with just accepting what they are told and try and move on with life.
As an employer, what’s your plan to keep your employees safe? How do you handle difficult employees to avoid workplace violence, do you even have a plan? Are you going to wait until the last minute when violence is breaking out at your workplace to figure it out?
The FBI says, Run, Hide, Fight. Well, to where do you run? Run out of the facility, have an exit plan in place long before this event rears its ugly head. You should already have an idea where the exits are because your company has performed their regular “fire drills” right?
Hide, take cover, concealment until you can find an area where you can barricade yourself from the individual trying to hurt you. Find rooms that you can lock, turn off the lights, barricade the door if necessary. These types of individuals are looking for easy targets. They will not waste time trying to knock down a door or fight their way in. Most active shootings last for only a few minutes before the gunman takes his life, or flees from the area. The situation that occurred in Las Vegas was different in that the shooter had many weapons at the ready in his room and did as much damage as he could until officers were at his door, then was shot or committed suicide.
As a last resort Fight. Many confrontations are stopped by coworkers before the police or first responders can arrive at the scene.
You can prepare for any emergency if you sit with your team and work out a plan. It’s not necessary to have someone go into your business pretending to be an active shooter. Improvise, sit down with your group and have a “tabletop” scenario and discussion. You will be surprised how many of your employees are already wondering and making plans on their own to escape if necessary. Why leave it up to chance. Prepare now. If I can be of any assistance to you and your business please do not hesitate to get in touch with me, email, text me, or go to my web site: www.rgonzalesconsulting.com where I can sit down and we and we can have a discussion and develop a plan of action to keep you and your employees safe.
Don’t be the company president or owner who will have to respond to a family that has lost their loved one because YOU failed to make a plan. God Bless … be safe.