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Prepare for Active Shooter Incidents

The reality is, it can happen anywhere.

Tragic events involving active shooters force all organizations to prepare for unthinkable situations.

Preparation, planning, and training are the most important pieces of a response plan, says Michael McKinley, senior claims manager for CUNA Mutual Group. Develop a procedure so employees know what to do during and after an active shooter incident, with these three elements in mind:

1. Run or evacuate. Your first priority should be to get away from the shooter, ideally by exiting the building. You should run even if others don't. If you're not near an exit, run in the opposite direction from where the shooting comes and look for another means of escape.

2. Hide. If you can't exit the building, you should hide. Hiding places can vary depending on your location in relation to the shooter. Ideally, find a lockable room without a glass door or windows. No matter what type of room you find, once inside you should barricade the entrance. The barricade should consist of large items such as copiers, desks, tables, file cabinets, chairs, or any piece of furniture. Use tables and refrigerators if you're in a kitchen or breakroom. You could also hide under a desk, or in a cubicle, closet, or restroom.

3. Fight back. As a last resort—if your life is in imminent danger—you should fight back. Remain quiet if you're hiding and the active shooter approaches. If you believe your hiding place will be compromised, stay quiet and try to catch the shooter off-guard, leveraging the element of surprise.

"Once fighting back becomes your only course of action you must be committed to it. You might have to use something in your vicinity as a weapon—something like a chair or fire extinguisher," says Robert Jarosinski, senior risk management consultant for CUNA Mutual Group.