“Run, Hide, Fight” is a trusted strategy for personal safety in the event of an active shooter or similar emergency scenario. It offers a straightforward and memorable plan for employees to enhance their chance of survival. Here’s a breakdown of each step:

1. Run:
– If you can evacuate safely, do so immediately. Have an escape route in mind and encourage others to follow.
– Don’t delay your exit if others hesitate.
– Keep your hands visible and follow any instructions from law enforcement once you reach a safe location.

2. Hide:
– If running isn’t safe, find a secure hiding spot. Lock and barricade doors if possible.
– Stay out of the shooter’s view and remain as silent as possible.
– Silence your phone and any devices that might disclose your location.

3. Fight:
– If running and hiding aren’t options, be ready to fight as a last resort.
– Use improvised weapons, such as chairs or fire extinguishers, to defend yourself.
– Collaborate with others to overpower the attacker if necessary.

The decision to run, hide, or fight depends on the specific circumstances of the situation. Always prioritize your safety and the safety of those around you. Adhere to any emergency procedures or guidelines provided by your workplace.

Additionally, employees should be constantly aware of their surroundings, know their exit routes, and be familiar with emergency evacuation procedures. Regular training and drills can help employees become more accustomed to these procedures, making them more likely to respond effectively in a crisis.

By implementing this strategy and training your team with the essential knowledge to recognize and respond to potential violence, you can comply with California Senate Bill 553 and ensure a safer work environment. Remember, protecting your employees not only helps avoid costly legal battles but also fosters a culture of preparedness and safety.

For more information, check out the Workplace Violence Prevention Plan