Businesses prepare for active shooter events

Posted at 8:44 AM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 08:44:02-05

Terror attacks and deadly shootings are sparking conversations, not only at home, but around the office.

“It's a difficult thing to talk about, but it's happened and it's happening more readily. Just to be prepared and quench the fear, concern and stress,” said Craig Lamberson with JO DeLotto and Sons Inc.

The aftermath has almost 50 bay area businesses attending a free active shooter seminar at the S2 Institute, a security training facility.

“Often, actions taken in the first five seconds set the pace for survival or disaster. As a result it's important for employees to not only know what to do but have a template in their mind,” said Craig Gundry with the S2 Institute.

Representatives showed up from Freedom Bank, Sykes, Metropolitan Ministries and even the Church of Scientology.

The institute is giving them a checklist so their employees know what to do as well.

It includes these three steps:

  1. Know where the nearest exit is to your desk.
  2. Do you have a safe place to hide if needed? It must be a place with no windows and has a door that is sturdy and locks.
  3. If you are trapped for a long period of time, do you have a way to communicate? Cell phone?

Its small steps to prepare, but it has some business owners thinking bigger safety strategies.

“Maybe hardening some entrances? We are already under some security cameras, secured access so if the worst happened, here's what we can do,” said Lamberson.