Active Shooter Prevention

Active Shooter Events in the Workplace

FBI: 40% of active shooter incidents are at a business

The United States Department of Homeland Security defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.” Most incidents occur at locations in which the killers find little impediment in pressing their attack. Locations are generally described as soft targets, that is, they carry limited security measures to protect members of the public. In most instances, shooters commit suicide, are shot by police, or surrender when they are confronted by responding law enforcement.

A recent study by the FBI confirms what we all know – the rate of active shooter incidents in the United States has increased, now averaging more than one per month. The most common location of an active shooter incident is a business (40%), while schools (including K-12 and Higher Education institutions) are the second most common location (29%).

In the five largest-casualty events referenced in the FBI study, (Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; Sandy Hook Elementary School; Fort Hood Army Base, Killeen, Texas; Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg; and the Century 21 Theater) the police were on scene in approximately 3 minutes; yet, a substantial number of people still were shot and injured or killed,” the report claims.

That’s why it’s essential that your supervisors and employees be properly trained for the possibility of violent situations at your workplace so they know how to ideally prevent such an incident, or if one should occur, minimize the loss of life.

How the SafePersonnel Online Training System Can Help

To help organizations with this critical topic, the SafePersonnel Online Training System includes 2 Active Shooter courses for Staff and Supervisors.

The goal of our Active Shooter courses is to prepare supervisors and staff members for “active shooter” situations by providing information on how they occur and how they may be more effectively prevented. After taking these courses, supervisors and employees should:

  • Understand how to reduce the likelihood of an active shooter situation.
  • Learn evidence-based methods to improve the odds of survival during an active shooter event.
  • List actions to take in the event of an active shooter situation.

Our Active Shooters courses are written by the nation’s leading experts on active shooter situations, Michael Dorn and Phuong Nguyen from Safe Havens International.

The SafePersonnel Online Training System also includes other valuable courses that can help you prevent workplace violence: Stress Management; Termination: Practice & Procedure; Visual Weapons Screening; Workplace Bullying; and Workplace Violence Prevention.

Use our expert-authored courses or easily create your own organization or location-specific courses and policies in our system and assign them to employees. And, every completion is tracked automatically by the system, for compliance purposes.