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Tips on Dealing With a Shooter In The Workplace

Nobody wants to consider the realities of a shooter in the workplace, but as last week’s event in Connecticut demonstrated, it can happen even in what you think is a secure environment, much like our Lab. An informational video, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, offers helpful tips in dealing with a shooter in the workplace. The University of California Police Department also has a checklist addressing the same scenario. Take the time to review these resources.

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  1. The video is well done, the UC checklist not so much. The quoted checklist recommendation seems to be contrary to the HS video and could get you seriously hurt or worse-

    “If there is absolutely no opportunity for escape or hiding, it might be possible to negotiate with
    the shooter; attempting to overpower the shooter with force should be considered a very last

    Hopefully none of us will ever have to deal with this situation.

  2. Arthur Patterson says:

    Thanks for identifying the differences between the emergency numbers on campus and here at the Lab. You are correct that Lab employees dial 7-911. Unfortunately I can’t change the information on UC Berkeley’s documents.

  3. The checklist at the link says to call “9-911”, but from a Lab phone, that should be 7911, shouldn’t it? And 911 from a cell phone?

  4. Judy Stirkkinen says:

    Thanks! Good video…..sad we have to be prepared for this…