"Active Shooter Attack" Response Recommendations Issued by NYPD

The Arizona gunman who killed six and injured 14, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, earlier this month engaged in what the Department of Homeland Security calls an "active shooter attack." These incidents involve an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area and are difficult to detect in advance because they are nearly always carried out by a single, male attacker.

But employers can prepare their employees for attacks, says the New York Police Department, which last week released a series of recommendations based on a close analysis of active shooter incidents from 1966 to 2010.

The recommendations, summarized by ConsumerAffairs.com, include: Evacuate a building under attack if it is safe to do so; avoid elevators or escalators; hide in a secure location if escape is not possible; attempt to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter if evacuation or shelter is impossible.

To read the full article, click here:
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2011/01/are-you-ready-for-a-tucson-style-shooting.html

To download the NYPD report, "Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation," click here:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/counterterrorism/ActiveShooter.pdf