During an active shooter situation, you will have to utilize whatever you have available within the room to construct an effective barricade that makes entry into the room either impossible or forces the active shooter to mitigate it.
You can construct an effective barricade with with furniture, chairs or any large obstacles that would slow the shooter down if he were to open the door. Continue reading for more barricading tips:
Pre-plan how you will barricade your room/office.
One of the best ways to prepare yourself should you ever be faced with an active shooter situation is to assess the overall environment of the room and figure out the ways you can barricade it. Some people even arrange their furniture in ways that facilitate quicker barricading, such as putting a heavy file cabinet by the door.
Observe the type of door you have.
The type of the door in your room impacts how you plan your room for a barricade. For example, if your door opens in, you should set up the room differently than if your door opens out. For outward swinging doors, you may be able to tie the door closed with rope, belt or any type of material that can be used to keep the door closed. Inward swinging doors can be barricaded with desks, chairs and other large objects that will be hard to move quickly. Some questions you should ask yourself (or the building manager) include:
- Does the door have glass in it or beside it?
- What type of handle does it have?
- Is it a solid door or a hollow core door?
- Does it have a hydraulic opening arm at the top?
- Does the door handle lock with a key and do you have to go outside to lock it?
- Is the door frame metal or wood?
- Is the door in good working condition?
All of these questions impact the way that you would barricade the door. And always remember, Once you are secure, you should never open the door for any reason. Responding police will open the door for you.
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