What should you do if there is an active shooter event on your jobsite?
The department of Homeland Security suggests using the RUN, HIDE, FIGHT model.
What does this mean?
•First keep in mind that employees and visitors are statistically likely to follow foreman and management during these events- so consider your response carefully!
•RUN: Have an ESCAPE route and plan in mind, leave your belongings behind, and keep your hands visible.
•HIDE: hide in an area OUT of the active shooter’s view, block the entry to your hiding place, and lock the doors.
•FIGHT: as a LAST resort and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter or act with physical aggression like throwing items at the shooter.
What do you do next?
•Call the facility emergency number when it is safe to do so
•When law enforcement arrives:
•Remain calm. Raise your hands and keep your fingers spread- keep them visible at all times. Follow all instructions. Give the officers information about the shooter(s), weapon(s), and victim(s)- including locations, numbers, etc.
Consider what your site notification tree looks like in the event of an Active Shooter. Project Managers should consider contacting owners to see if they can be added to owner call trees, if they exist, as well.