How should an employee be trained to respond in an active shooter event?

Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, XpertHR Legal Editor

There is no definitive best response during an active shooter event. However, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an individual should maintain a "run, hide, fight" mindset to increase the odds of surviving the situation. As the situation develops, an individual should know how to use more than one option based on his or her location.

According to the DHS, the first recommendation is to run and exit the building, if possible. If running is not a safe and available option, an employee should be trained to hide in a safe place where an active shooter is less likely to find him or her. If running or hiding is not an option, then, as a last resort and only when in imminent danger, the employee should attempt to fight to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter.