Even though the recent attack in San Bernadino turned out to be terrorism rather than a general disgruntled employee attack, it still prompts us to ask the question, “Is my office prepared for an attack?”
Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to panic. Your chances of being injured or killed by terrorism or workplace violence are very low. Very low. Nevertheless, we prepare so if something does happen, we’re ready and can react in the best way possible.
The Department of Homeland Security has a document on how to respond to an active shooter that you should check out. For instance, you have to decide whether to evacuate or hide out. (Evacuate if at all possible). Hide behind a door or heavy furniture and put your cell phone on silent. If you can, call 911. If you can’t speak, just leave the line open and allow the operator to listen.
They also explain what a police response will likely look like. For instance, they say:
To keep reading, click here: What Homeland Security Wants You to Know About Workplace Violence