Policies and Training

Security Expert Shares Top Priorities for Responding to Active Shooter Situations

In preparation for the Total Security Summit happening on June 25 and 26, 2018 in Plano, Texas, I’ll be sharing discussions and insights from some of the event speakers with readers of the Total Security Daily Advisor. I was lucky enough to have a good chat over e-mail with Greg Shaffer, the founder and president of the Shaffer Security Group.

Active Shooter

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I asked Greg if he would share his top 3 priorities that safety and security professionals should consider when developing an active shooter response plan. Here’s his response:


“First, communicate to your employees that they need to save themselves in an emergency or crisis situation. Help them to have a plan! Teach them where to go and how to get there. Inform them of improvised weapons such as pens, scissors, box cutters, hammers, screwdrivers, fire extinguishers, and chairs.”

“Think of this in terms of an Airline Safety Brief. Empower them with an “Action Plan,” but leave enough room for personal improvisation to thwart the unexpected actions of the offender.”

“Second, reward participation in your awareness and reporting program. Even if you can only get one out of ten people to go along, you’ll have increased your protective intelligence model by ten percent. You do this by developing innovative and fun ways to engage your employees to ‘Think Security.’”

“Third, teach your employees to ‘Avoid, Deny, Defend’ in the event of an Active Shooter. Avoid the shooter if you can – Get Off the X! Leave the Building! If you cannot escape, Deny the shooter access to your area by locking and/or barricading the door. Once that is completed, prepare to Defend yourself using weapons or improvised weapons.”


To hear more of Greg’s insights on active shooter preparation, register to secure your spot at the Total Security Summit today!

Greg ShafferSecurity Expert Greg Shaffer is the founder and President of Shaffer Security Group, a global security, risk management and tactical training specialty firm based in Dallas, Texas. Greg is recognized as one of the nations’ leading and respected policy experts in the prevention of domestic terrorism and active shooter events.

Prior to founding Shaffer Security Group, Greg served for over twenty years in the FBI, with positions including supervisor for the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force, Counter Terrorism Supervisor, and as a member of the elite Hostage Rescue Team.