Author: Brian Weber, Creator,/Producer/Editor/Host of the Bartender Journey™ Podcast and Full-Time Professional Bartender.
ars, restaurants, music venues etc are “soft targets”, vulnerable to due to the large number of people gathered such as in the incidents in Paris, Orlando and now Las Vegas. there.
Ideally every business should have a disaster plan. There are security consultants that can help with this, or you can write something up yourself, and we'll give you a free tool that almost automates the process.
Keeping this in mind, if there were ever an incident where you work and you had to evacuate your guests, you may need to direct them to exits they are not aware of, including possibly through the back of the house.
Here in the U.S. we have the Federal Government agency OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and according to their officail web site “Almost every business is required to have an emergency action plan (EAP).”
Luckily on their web site you can Create Your Own Emergency Action Plan (EAP). This is the free tool I mentioned a minute ago, and of course we will have a link on BaretenderJourney.net
This is their description of an EAP:
“An emergency action plan (EAP) is usually a written document required by particular OSHA standards. For smaller organizations, the plan does not need to be written and may be communicated orally if there are 10 or fewer employees. The purpose of an EAP is to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. The elements of the plan must include, but are not limited to:
This is just the tip of the iceberg with this stuff.
I referenced a Federal Government document a few minutes ago. Its from the Department of Homeland Security and its called “Active Shooter - How to Respond”. The conventional wisdom in this situation is Run, Hide, Fight. This document details that. Also if you go to youtube and search for Run, Hide, Fight you’ll find a video that is definitely worth watching.
Back to the document - it says “Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation”.
I’ll read through some of this, and of course link to it on BartenderJourney.net
So this is Run part.
If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:
If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely
to find you.
Your hiding place should:
Back to the Homeland Security Document. Last resort - Fight.
Take action against the active shooter
As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to
disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
When Law Enforcement Arrives
There is more on the document - I won’t read it all, but basicly raise your hands - these guys just got here, they don’t know what’s going on - we don’t want to put them in a situation where they have to make a split second decision resulting in a mistake. Of course follow their commands. Understand weird stuff could happen, like they could potentially throw you to the ground or something for your own safety. Don’t get in their way by yelling or screaming at them for help, just quickly exit the same way they came in.
There are more recommendations for Preparing for and Managing an Active Shooter Situation. I’ll let you read through them all, but the one that stuck out to me is to “activate the emergency notification system when an emergency situation occurs”. Now in a small bar its going to be pretty obvious to all that something is going on, but imagine a Hotel or even large restaurant with multiple floors and a noisy kitchen in the back. Something to think about.
Alright, last week I started a segment called “Unrelated Podcast Suggestion of the Week”. Well we are changing it already. This week its a related podcast and more than a suggestion I’m going to call this homework for you. The podcast is Nightclub Security. It looks like they only produced 21 episodes with the last one posted in 2014, but its a great show from the guys at Nightclub Security Consultants, who I met at the Nightclub & Bar Show a few years back. In particular, I’d like to you listen to episodes 4 and 5 called 6 Important Tips to Manage a Major Violent Incident in Your Venue and Ep. 005 – How to Document a Major Incident in Your Venue respectively.
As the name implies, they do Security Consultancy as well as bouncer training both in California and online. You can find them at nightclubsecurity.com
Don’t forget to do your homework - I’ll be grading it! Listen to the Nightclub Security Podcast Ep 4&5.
We didn’t do a Cocktail of the Week, because after watching the news this week, I think I’ll just have a whiskey..neat.
Here’s our toast:
Here’s a health to everyone,
Peace on earth, and heaven won.
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