At the National Capital Chapter’s December meeting, members learned how to respond during an active shooter incident. The Active Shooter Response Training was provided in conjunction with Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism.
Willie McElroy, CERT Manager/Trainer for Serve DC, led the training and described actions to prepare and respond to active shooter incidents, taught attendees how to recognize potential workplace violence indicators and manage the consequences of an active shooter incident, and most importantly, how to safely evacuate or shelter in place during an active shooter incident.
The key take-ways were to be prepared for active shooter emergency, as they could happen anytime, anyplace. The training suggested:
- Create an emergency plan;
- Schedule regular training and drills;
- Check exits;
- Be observant of changes of personnel and routines;
- Preplan escape route;
- Be aware of lock-down areas;
- help others, if possible;
- leave belongings behind;
- Call 911 when safe;
- As a last resort, defend yourself.
For additional tips see the Department of Homeland Security’s How to Respond to an Active Shooter.