Posted on September 9, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

USDA warns food cos. to have ‘active shooter’ plan

Agency points to resources to develop develop 'Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan'

The USDA said Friday that since September is National Preparedness Month it is advising the food and agriculture industry to check out the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) series of materials to assist businesses in preparing for and responding to an active shooter.

The agency’s message came just before a new The Washington Post-ABC poll found that 86 percent of Americans support implementing “red flag” provisions, which allow guns to be taken from people judged to be a danger to themselves or others; and 89 percent support expanding federal background checks to cover private sales and gun-show transactions.

The USDA said that among the DHS resources is a virtual training tool made up of the Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Video, the Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Guide, and the Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Template designed to help develop a company’s Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan.

“This virtual training tool guides viewers through important considerations of Emergency Action Plan development utilizing the first-hand perspectives of active shooter survivors, first responder personnel, and other subject matter experts who share their unique insight,” the USDA said.

A desk reference guide, a reference poster, and a pocket-size reference card are also available on the site in multiple languages.

VIDEO: Watch the U.S. government’s active shooter video

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