Contributing author: Benjamin Fields, Veteran Law Enforcement Officer Fenix Strategies Adviser/Instructor
Active shooter situations and responses in the aftermath of a shooting. Did you know:
- 40% of active shooter situations occur in a work environment.
- 60% of active shooters are stopped prior to law enforcement arriving.
- Every three weeks, an active shooter event occurs in the United States.
Alarming statistics yet they are the reality of our society today. As I read these statistics and reflect on a recent active shooter situation in Denver where a deputy was killed and several others injured, I am reminded of how an active shooter situation in any business or organization is the absolute worst case scenario for everyone involved. I am also reminded that preparation is key in these terrifying events. It is vital for all businesses, schools, churches, and organizations to understand the risk as well as have an active shooter plan that is routinely reviewed and practiced in efforts to protect the most important asset of any company – the people.
Listed below is an easy but crucial reminder for everyday employees or citizen to think about during this type of crisis. The MAT format serves as a quick reminder to help combat an active shooter situation and is explained as follows:
MOVE: move to a secure, safe location away from the sound of gunfire as quickly as possible. Lock doors, turn lights out, hide and stay quiet.
ALERT 911: Give operator key details to the crisis (location, type of crisis, number of shooters, etc)
TAKE ACTION: Help move and protect individuals as much as you can to a safe and secure location away from the shooter. This may also mean taking down the actual shooter if giving the opportunity to do so.
One of our core beliefs here at Fenix Strategies is to train and prepare churches, schools, and businesses for an active shooter situation to limit the damage done as well as eliminate the threat. As like any business the most important part are the people that work and serve every day.