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As the employer,
under law, you have
an affirmative duty of
care to keep all of your
employees safe during
any emergency involving
an active shooter. Your
duty of care is manifested
by an Emergency Action
Plan that includes
workplace violence
and active shooter that
you have trained to
all employees.

Flaws
What do you do right now? You're
standing 10 feet away or sitting in a
conference room nearby. You're the
receptionist, the human resources director,
the safety officer or the CEO. How do
you react?

ONE DEGREE OF SEPARATION
This is called intimate partner violence,
a term used and researched by the federal
government. The U.S. Department of Justice
reports that today two employees will be
murdered in the American workplace, as
they are every work day on average. Intimate
partner violence kills 1,300 people annually -
mostly women in a similar scenario to the
one we just described. There are not six
degrees of separation in workplace violence.
There is only one degree of separation:
Either you will know the shooter or you will
know his/her target.
YOUR DUTY OF CARE
As the employer, under law, you have an
affirmative duty of care to keep all of your

employees safe during any emergency
involving an active shooter. Your duty of
care is manifested by an Emergency
Action Plan that includes workplace
violence and active shooter that you
have trained to all employees - not just
special ones like you and your safety
committee. All employees should be
trained yearly on your plan. Absent plans
and annual training, you, as the employer,
will be found negligent and held civilly and
potentially criminally responsible.
FATAL FLAW
So what is the fatal flaw in your
response? Whether you have a plan
or not, the fatal flaw in your thinking
is this: Almost all these incidents are
over in 4 to 8 minutes, according to
the NYPD and the FBI. The majority
of active shooters have finished their
actions in under 4 minutes. Thus, there is
no time to convene. Every one of your
employees needs to know what to do in
a quarter-second. Success occurs only

Bo Mitchell will present an education
session at the 2017 NEC titled
"Protecting Your People, Property,
Productivity, and Your Posterior!" on
Wednesday, June 7 from 10 to 11 a.m.

if you have planned and carefully trained
all your people.
Remember, police, firemen and
EMTs are not the first responders.
They are the official responders. Your
employees are the first responders.
It's always an employee who first sees
the smoke, the fire, the spill or the
active shooter. Thus, every one of your
employees has to be trained to respond
immediately to any emergency.
HORRIFIC SPIKE
Since Sandy Hook Elementary
shooting in 2012, active shooter scenarios
happen now once a week. From 2013 to
2016, one-or-more-dead active shooter
incidents have quadrupled. For your
workplace and employees, this kind
of emergency is real. OSHA has an
impressive array of regulations regarding
every workplace's obligation to create
emergency plans and train them.
Your CEO is the responsible party civilly,
personally and criminally says the Supreme
Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in
two decisions. Applying these SCOTUS
decisions, in 2015 and 2016, prosecutors
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2017

President’s Letter
Executive Director’s Corner
Going Places
2017 National Education Conference: Reel in Great Education
Government Events Embrace Competition as a Catalyst for Success
Ten Cans: Real Change Requires an Opener
The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response and How to Fix Them
Thought Leadership
Meet a Member
CGMP Corner
SGMP NATION
Advertisers’ Index
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover2
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 4
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 5
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - President’s Letter
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Executive Director’s Corner
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 8
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Going Places
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 2017 National Education Conference: Reel in Great Education
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 11
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Government Events Embrace Competition as a Catalyst for Success
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 13
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 14
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 15
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Ten Cans: Real Change Requires an Opener
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 17
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response and How to Fix Them
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 19
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Thought Leadership
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 22
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Meet a Member
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - CGMP Corner
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - SGMP NATION
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