Active threats are a topic that can make many people uncomfortable. While we have all seen the consequences of active threats in the news, many of us are reluctant to take the conversation further. We think, “It won’t happen to me.” Or we believe discussing an active threat will make our employees and teams fearful. Or we’re simply too busy.
Unfortunately, our reality demands that we not only talk about active threats but that we also prepare for them. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that each year nearly five percent of all businesses experience an instance of workplace violence, and that number grows to 50 percent for businesses with more than 1,000 employees. The only way to mitigate an active threat is to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
Developing an active threat mitigation plan for your business can help reduce the chances of workplace violence, increase the effectiveness of response and save lives in your business and your community. To ensure you’re prepared for any active threats, developing a plan is the first step toward protecting yourself. Follow these guidelines to help your active threat mitigation plan be as successful as possible:
- Keep the plan simple. In a high-stress situation, a simple plan will be the easiest to activate quickly.
- Rehearse the plan. As with anything in life, practice makes perfect. Rehearsing what to do in an emergency situation will make it like second nature for you and will save precious time should an active threat arise.
- Have alternative routes. Not everything will go according to plan. Know all the exits or alternative routes to get you to safety.
- Have internal conversations. People often feel uncomfortable discussing what to do in an active threat situation, but having these conversations is crucial to ensuring everyone is prepared and knows that there is a plan in case of emergency.
- Have and understand policies for all types of hazards. No two threats are the same. Think through all possible situations and develop plans for all types of active threats.
Being proactive and developing a strong plan can help your company be prepared for, mitigate and effectively respond to active threats. By empowering your team through active threat mitigation training, they can help protect the safety of your business, employees, and community.