Yesterday's heartbreaking school shooting demands major long term efforts, but there are some immediate steps that employers and other organizations can take to at least limit the fatalities resulting from shootings and other trauma. Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46, and yet we have not altered our first aid and training efforts.
A year of hurricanes, fires, explosions and mass shootings has shown that employers are ill prepared for a new type and volume of catastrophes - and in fact may not even recognize the next big catastrophe coming. It's time to plan, and to be creative.
An armed gunman just entered your workplace. You’re under stress. What is the first thing you and your management team do?
Does someone call the police?
Do you run? Fight? Hide?
Is there a security guard? What does he or she do?
What do your employees do?
Do you know the precise, step-by-step actions that you would take?
Do you have a system in place to minimize the likelihood of a catastrophe?
How do you handle the stress?