Have you trained for this?
Would your employees know what to do?
Despite the “low probability” of these “high impact” events occurring, many companies I work with tell me they haven’t given this much thought, wouldn’t know what to do, and haven’t given their staff any training. Why would you have an EAP Emergency Action Plan) for an earthquake, but not a gunman in your building?
Which barrier to “awareness and preparedness” is at play here; apathy, complacency or denial? Or is it perhaps
I have been on the receiving end of gunfire albeit not in a work environment. I never thought this would happen to me either. I froze up like the proverbial “deer in the headlights” as valuable seconds ticked by before I stopped thinking and actually began to react. I was lucky to get away unscathed.
Having a well rehearsed EAP, visualizing response options and practicing enhances muscle memory for a situation in which every second will count.
Here are few facts to keep in mind and some tips to consider:
Think outside the box: Have you trained your employees on what to do if there was a shooting while they are visiting a client’s office?
Evergreen Safety Council and The Personal Safety Training Group are offering a 90 minute webinar on April 7th designed to address the challenge of a gunman in the building and will offer the foundation for constructing an emergency action plan.
At this very moment it is not a gunman that is our biggest threat - It’s the three enemies of “awareness and preparedness”; apathy, complacency and denial.