Reporting an active shooter
According to Becker’s Hospital Review, organizational leaders should first establish a preferred method for reporting an active shooter incident to staff and any potential on-premise customers or guests.
"Research shows that warnings do not induce panic," the website reports, and people need accurate information and clear instructions for how to proceed during such an emergency. "The quick delivery and notification of an incident can keep people out of harm’s way."
When creating the plan, your notification protocols must be as clear as possible.
Establish who is responsible for issuing the alert. Likewise, make sure communication barriers, such as multilingual, hearing-impaired and learning-disabled messaging, are all considered in the reporting method.
"Electronic communications, such as text messages or email, are effective provided the language uses familiar terms and considers the issues mentioned above. Other methods include the use of sounds or lights as notification," the site reports.
For these notifications, consider outsiders, members of the public, and guests and how you are going to keep them safe.
Create emergency escape procedures and route assignments for staff
Active shooter plans should identify safe areas and provide floor plans of the facility. Use these to develop an evacuation plan and how that plan will take place. Keep people out of main areas, and try to keep people from congregating. The more people who are together, the more likely there will be mass casualties.
The evacuation plan should take into account how people can get out of the building when the primary evacuation routes are unusable. Thus, have a primary route, have a secondary route, and if possible, have a tertiary route. The more options for people to get out quickly, the better.
Next week we will look at part 3, and begin developing those tips an active shooter response program. Source: NC Sheriffs’ Association