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Be prepared with an active shooter plan

As workplace violence continues to grow, law enforcement officials are encouraging companies to create and update active shooter evacuation procedures regularly and prevention plans, according to Bloomberg Law.

"The largest number of active shooter situations occurs in businesses in the U.S.," says Chris Combs, a special agent in charge of the FBI's San Antonio division.

According to the Department of Labor's National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the number of people killed in workplace homicides increased from 417 in 2015 to 500 in 2016.

"Companies can give paper blueprints of work sites and security or access keys to law enforcement to prepare for active shooting situations," says Anthony Trevino, assistant police chief for the San Antonio Police Department. "This could help reduce the number of casualties that result from planned workplace attacks."

Active shooter plans include having a policy for dealing with the aftermath of an active shooter. Companies should have a plan for workers who can't return to the workplace for an extended period and a counseling plan should be put in place.

For more information on how to recover from an active shooter incident, click here.


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