Emergency Preparedness: Implementing a Plan in Your Office Space
No environment is completely safe! An unfortunate statement that today has never been truer. Active shooter incidents are on the rise, increasing 500% since 2000. In fact, workplace homicides reached their highest rate in six years in 2016.* There is currently no way to predict where an active shooter event may happen. Statistically, the three most common places they occur are businesses (45%), schools (25%), and government facilities (10%). However, studies have shown that they tend to focus on soft targets. Soft targets are locations in which there is little to no security, open and easy access into the location, and dense groups of people.** Another fact often overlooked is that 100% of Active Shooter Incidents are preplanned and at least one third of them are extensively planned. There is no such thing as a spontaneous active shooter. Post-event investigations have been able to uncover the degree of planning involved by the shooters and some of them include up to a year of preplanning, surveillance, weapon preparations and internet research of other active shooters and police response times. The average response time of law enforcement to active shooter events is approximately 3 minutes (much faster than the average for standard 911 calls). This leaves the targeted organization, on average, 3 minutes to fend for itself. The average active shooter incident lasts only five minutes, which often ends before the police arrive.