Malik Faisal Akram died after taking four people in a Texas Synagogue hostage. All the hostages, thankfully, survived. It’s a horrible scenario that plays out far too often. While it’s unlikely that you will face a terrorist attack, you may be the target of workplace violence, from an angry employee or customer.
The people at Congregation Beth Israel, in Colleyville, Texas credit their survival to training. Lots of training. Rabbi Cytron-Walker said that he and his congregation took extensive security training. “We are alive today because of that education,” he told news outlets.
What this says to me is: There’s no such thing as being over-prepared–not for a meeting or a presentation and certainly not amid a violent attack. While you might think ensuring your employees’ safety isn’t your job, you’re wrong. Cytron-Walker and his congregation clearly saw the benefit of preparation and you can too.
Here’s what you need to do to prepare for a grave eventuality no one thinks will ever come:
To keep reading, and to see a video of me learning how to disarm someone, click here: The Texas Synagogue Survivors Say Training Was Key. Here’s What You Need to Know