emergency response

Workplace safety and active shooter preparation and response


Did you know that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reports approximately 2 million Americans are victims of workplace violence each year? This handout aims to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to be proactive in recognizing potential indicators of workplace violence and take actionable steps to protect yourself and your workforce during an active shooter incident.

You’ll learn:

  • Indicators of workplace violence: Early recognition of potential threats is key to prevention. Watch for behavioral and physical indicators, such as sudden mood swings, threats of violence, obsession with firearms, or suspicious possessions. Isolation or withdrawal from colleagues can also be cause for concern.
  • Prevention steps: Preventing active shootings and workplace violence requires both a comprehensive and proactive approach.
  • How to take action to protect yourself: Your employees must understand what to do in an emergency and what your organization’s response will be. In an active shooter situation, remember to Run, Hide, or Fight. If safe to do so, evacuate the premises through the nearest exit.
  • Reporting concerns and communication techniques: Your situational awareness is vital. If you notice any concerning signs, report them to the appropriate authorities or management. Maintaining open lines of communication with colleagues fosters a safer work environment.

By recognizing indicators of workplace violence, understanding how to protect yourself, and effectively communicating concerns, you become an active participant in maintaining workplace safety. Stay vigilant, stay informed, and together, we can create a stronger and safer workplace.