Are there good practices for coping with an active shooter situation in the workplace?

Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, XpertHR Legal Editor

Yes. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. However, according to the Department of Homeland Security, some good practices for an individual to cope with an active shooter situation include:

  • Being aware of the environment and any possible dangers;
  • Taking note of the two nearest exits in any facility one visits;
  • Staying in an office, if already there, and closing the door;
  • Relocating from the hallway into a room and securing the door;
  • As a last resort, taking the active shooter down; and
  • Calling 911 when it is safe to do so.