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The Active Shooter

Written by  Ron LaPedis, MBCP, MBCI, CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP

Although this topic makes people uncomfortable when discussed, it does need to be discussed. While you have a higher chance of being hit by lightning than being involved in an active shooter incident (or “active slaughter incident” as Lt. Col. Dave Grossman calls it), as business continuity professionals, we need to take such an incident into account when building our continuity plans. Get your physical security team involved because they can provide a wealth of information that you might not think about. Background According to the FBI, the average active-shooter incident lasts 12 minutes, 37 percent last less than five minutes, and there were only 16 incidents in all of 2013. In case you have never heard the term, the definition of an active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, such as a workplace, school, shopping center, or transit station.