What should you do if there's a shooter at work?

Posted at 1:07 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 14:07:32-05

Run, hide, fight. Those three words are what Merriam Police say everyone needs to keep in mind in case of an active shooter situation.

The Merriam Police Department held a training session Friday morning for local business owners to help them come up with escape procedures. Chief Michael Daniels said small businesses, unlike larger corporations, often don't have access to updated active shooter training.

  1. Run: The first priority is to locate exits and get out of the situation. Police say it's a harsh reality, but you need to save yourself first. 
  2. Hide: If running or escaping is not an option, hide. Police say to find a room, lock the door, and turn off the lights.  Barricading the door with tables or chairs is helpful as well. 
  3. Fight. This is the last resort. In that case, gather up everyone you can and make a plan to attack the active shooter. Grab anything you can in the office, from fire extinguishers to a chair.

Jessica Arenholz, General Manger of Drury Inn in Merriam,  said one tip she hadn't heard of is to use wasp spray instead of mace. Wasp spray is stronger than mace, and sprays further, giving the victim more space between the active shooter.

With more than 150 active shooter events nationwide since 2002, police say it's vital to get this information out to everyone.


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"Run, Hide, Fight" is the latest active shooter training model. Law enforcement and emergency officials updated it continually since the Columbine and Virginia Tech massacres.