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Cobbs Allen Holds Active Shooter Training

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Cobbs Allen associates recently had the opportunity to take part in an active shooter training course led by Lt. Ryan Bennett of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Marine Police Division. Lt. Bennett is very experienced and knowledgeable about the topic and was able to engage participants in discussion about the matter. This company-wide discussion took place in response to the increasing number of mass shootings, defined as an incident where four or more people are killed or injured. 

Unfortunately, no one is immune to these tragedies, and it is important to be prepared in the case of a dangerous scenario. While these incidents are unpredictable and evolve quickly, there are often warning signs and actions that can be taken once you learn to identify intelligent options when confronted with an active shooter situation. Here are some of the ways that groups can prepare:

Be aware of your environment. 

Constantly be aware of any possible dangers. Also, take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit.

Have a company-wide action plan and make sure to train for these instances.

Have an evacuation policy and procedure, as well as an emergency escape procedure and route assignments (i.e. floor plans, safe areas). If your building has a PA system, alert occupants that there is an intruder, and give a specific description and location. Do not use code words, as it could confuse guests in the building.

Call 911 when you have reached safety.

Let law enforcement know the location of the shooter, the number of shooters, physical description of shooter(s), the number and type of weapons held by the shooter(s), and the number of potential victims at the location. If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen.

Know how to respond to an active shooter in the midst of a crisis.

There are basically three options when confronting this situation- run, hide, or fight. If possible, escape. Run to the nearest exit. Leave belongings behind, visualize an escape route before acting, avoid elevators, and remove high heels if you are wearing them. If you aren’t able to escape, hide. If possible, hide in a secure area, cover windows on the door, turn off lights, silence electronic devices, and block the entrance to the room with heavy objects. Even a doorstop can prove to be effective in this situation. If you can’t run or hide, fight. Create distractions, such as yelling or throwing chairs. This interrupts the shooter’s thought process and forces him to have to adjust and refocus. Commit to your actions and fight aggressively.

Familiarize yourself with the OODA loop.

The OODA loop refers to the decision cycle of observe, orient, decide, and act. Bennett says that your opponent, in this case the shooter, is attempting to “complete” this process. Distractions, however, throw your opponent off.

 

If you are interested in providing an active shooter training to your employees, contact our Loss Control Consultant, Chris Haynes at (205) 757-3951 or chaynes@cobbsallen.com. 

 

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