How Area Hospitals Prepare for Active Shooting Scenarios

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In light of Tueday’s shooting at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, FOX40 visited a Sacramento area hospital to learn how staff members prepare for worst-case scenarios.

Sutter Roseville Medical Center employs an emergency preparedness coordinator, Erik Angle.  Under his direction, the hospital coordinates realistic safety drills involving SWAT teams from nearby police agencies and other first responders.

The hospital has sent one hundred employees to the national training center for Homeland Security.  And plans are in place to send many more to that training over the next few years.

In an active shooter scenario, like what happened in Reno, Angle and his security staff would alert hospital workers to shelter in place.  Employees in the line of fire may be directed to safely evacuate.

“We do internal notifications paged overhead, as well as computer email blasts, maybe a blast through our red phone or emergency phone system, as well as a system called Everbridge which is a mass emergency notification system where I can type in a message, and literally, to 5,000 employees, send it out in a matter of seconds,” Angle explained.

From a control center in the hospital, security staff can monitor cameras, and seal off entire sections of the building.

“We can lock down, in just minutes, every key door in this department and hospital,” Angle said.

The training also includes drills for rapidly identifying and treating injured patients during an emergency.

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