COBB COUNTY, Ga -- It happens all too often. Workplace violence is a real threat. The Cobb County Department of Public Safety wants people to be prepared to act when an active shooting happens in the workplace or school. It could save lives.
"We do have to live with the fact that there have been active shooter situations and there's going to be more," said Sgt. Dana Pierce.
Active shooter situations take only a matter of minutes and usually end before law enforcement arrives. "With every moment that goes by, with every second that goes by, there's a potential loss of life," Sgt. Pierce said.
A Department of Homeland Security video is posted on the Department of Public Safety website. It's called "Run, Hide, Fight". It depicts a fictional shooting incident at an office building. "The run, hide, fight thought is going to be something people are going to be involved with before those first responders get on the scene," Pierce said.
Police recommend six guidelines to follow:
- Run if a safe path is available. Always try and escape or evacuate even if others insist on staying.
- Encourage others to leave with you but don't let the indecision of others slow down your own effort to escape.
- Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 9-1-1.
- If you can't get out safely, find a place to hide.
- When hiding, turn out lights, remember to lock doors and silence your ringer and vibrations mode on your cell phone.
- As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons and fight.
Cobb County police said it is today's reality, and they are encouraging county workers and county businesses to discuss the guidelines.
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