New York, NY—Following the horrific massacres this weekend in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH, Jewelers Security Alliance president John Kennedy says JSA members have been asking for guidance on handling an active shooter situation. JSA sent out a bulletin to the industry on Monday with a reference guide issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about active shooter events (reprinted verbatim).
JSA recommends employers share this information with employees so that all jewelry firms can be ready to face such a dangerous threat.
Quick Reference Guide
An active shooter is an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims:
Active shooter events. When an Active Shooter is in your vicinity, you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation. You have three options:
The first officers to arrive on scene will not stop to help the injured. Expect rescue teams to follow initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove injured. Once you have reached a safe location, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control, and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.
When law enforcement arrives:
Information to provide to 911 operations:
For questions or additional assistance contact your local law enforcement authorities or FBI Field office/Department of Homeland Security, 3801 Nebraska Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20528.