LARGO, FL (WFLA) – Business leaders and owners joined a security expert in Largo Wednesday to discuss workplace safety and what to do in the event of an active shooter. The seminar, which was free to the public, was hosted by Largo-based Critical Intervention Services.
It comes just months after two shooters opened fire inside a county office building in San Bernardino, Calif., killing 14 people and injuring 22.
“There has been an escalation in recent years,” said Craig Gundy of Critical Intervention Services.
Gundy strives to teach business owners, leaders and employees the different ways to prevent mass shootings in the workplace. His main message: plan ahead.
“It’s basically using a risk management approach to protecting against active shooting events,” he said.
Gundy suggests that business owners adopt a security plan, upgrade communication systems and conduct an overall threat assessment. But, in case of a shooting, there is one moment he believes is most critical.
“When these events occur, the first five seconds afterward often set the stage for whether you survive or if a tragedy happens,” Gundy said. That is why he recommends everyone know the closest exit, or place to hid, at work.
A company worker said they plan to hold another free event in March.