By Eric Matson
Compliance training has always had the mission of keeping people safe, and part of that is helping your employees know what to do in an emergency situation. While it is never pleasant to think about worst-case scenarios, it is vastly important to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) in place.
An EAP not only outlines the responsibilities and what to do in a high-stress situation, but also results in faster response times and gives employees a level of security because they know what to do and how to respond.
Most employers have an EAP to cover fires, earthquakes, and tornados, but few employers consider what to do if there is a violent attacker in the office. Because employee safety is such a high priority, one must have a plan in place that explains what to do in this situation.
The components of a response plan include a three-tiered approach: Escape, Hide, and Neutralize.
- Escape can be distilled down to knowing the safest way to leave the building without coming into contact with the attacker
- With hiding, you must know the difference between concealment and cover. Concealment only hides a person from the sight of the attacker, while cover actually has the ability to stop a live round. A desk would function as concealment and a file cabinet full of papers may be considered cover.
- Neutralize should always be a last resort option. However, if you must engage with your attacker, it must be done with determination and violence. Your goal is to “stop the threat”.
If you want to learn more about developing an EAP to respond to a violent attacker, join us with Eric Matson of Norsemen Training and Consulting on Thursday, November 5th at noon EST as we discuss this and more.
Eric Matson is the President and Lead Instructor of Norsemen Training and Consulting Group and is both a Business and Operating Partner at Windrock Shooting Range. He has over 30 years of combined experience in law enforcement, training, and interaction with the general public as well as developing and implementing training programs for Personal Protection and firearms courses for Law Enforcement, Military, and private corporations and individuals.
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