As a result, organizations are realizing that they need to
create or update their active shooter preparedness plans (you can read all
about why your company needs an active shooter response plan here).
A critical part to your survival is understanding lockdown procedures and how
to properly fortify your environment.
By planning and training for lockdown or escape scenarios, your
chances for survival increase. See our top tips for prepare you for an active
Identify Safe Rooms
Whether your organization is a business, school or church, you
should designate at least one room to barricade when escape becomes impossible.
The best type of door for this location would be a solid core wood or metal door
with a lock.
Barricade Your Safe Room
Once you and your colleagues are inside, lock the door and
barricade it with heavy items, such as desks, chairs and file cabinets, and use
cords to tie the door shut for even more protection.
This is the best deterrent to use on an active shooter when you
are forced to remain in the building. The shooter knows there is limited time
until authorities arrive, and his attack is stopped. The shooter will not want
to spend a lot of time trying to push through a reinforced door.
Practice a lockdown procedure with your colleagues. These drills can help ensure that your employees can react reflexively during an active shooter event. Quick action saves lives and helps prevent injuries.