A few years ago, I noticed that on the gymnasium wall at my daughter’s school, there were laminated procedures for ‘Tornado/Severe Weather Emergencies’, ‘Fire Emergencies’, and now ‘Human-Caused Emergencies’. That last one is new, since I was in elementary school; the world — or at least this corner of it — has changed.
Today, I found this (pretty well-done) instructional video that does a pretty good job at explaining what tactics are most appropriate for non-combatants (people who are not police, not security personnel, not trained, not equipped) in an instance of workplace violence.
There are various opinions about whether these are the right techniques, or whether this is the right way to teach them — but regardless, whoever is responsible for the safety of you and your coworkers should go over this or a similar set of instructions and then DRILL — just like you had tornado/fire/earthquake drills as a child in elementary school.
If you have a larger office environment, there is likely a person at your local police department who is willing to take some time to discuss a plan and help determine whether there is anything about the layout of your office space that would help a bad buy, or hinder law enforcement’s attempts to apprehend one.
“RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.”