By Elizabeth Matthews
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Most of us go to an office, or a store to work. We wanted to know, do most work places have an active shooter plan? Do they train their employees in case of this type of emergency?
Scott Air Force Base does have a plan for an active shooter situation and they say they practice throughout the year. Boeing says they too have a response plan, but can't share the details.
One company SSM Health Care let us in, behind the walls of their facility and into their command center.
"This is kind of one of those rooms that you don't want to be in, you are glad you have it because it's an organized approach to tactfully address the issue," says George Salsman the Director of Emergency Preparedness.
Major decisions happen here, decisions hospital staff hope they never have to make. For the past year, SSM Health Care has been creating, reviewing and reorganizing its active shooter plan.
Salsman says it's a work in progress, but they've trained their staff and talked with police departments for all their locations.
"If a patrol car pulls up and there's a situation, the individual can look and see the building schematics and know where the shooter is in the building. We've also given them keys," said Salsman.
SSM Health Care goes by a code system; ire is code red, severe storm is code gray.
"If a shooter came into the facility, you would hear the code name code silver," said Salsman.
If code silver is announced, hospital staff will immediately begin getting patients out of the building and start working with police.
Tom Griffin a security consultant says for the past 15 years 500 people are murdered every year in the workplace.
"It's nothing that we can no longer avoid, or deny we need to take responsible action because I guarantee you this that every place where it's happened they wish they would have done more," said Griffin.
If you don't know your company's policy, ask. Griffin says a poor plan has better success than no plan at all.
"If they are far enough away, your best first source of action is to leave the area, if you can't leave the area and if they are on the floor where you are at, you have to lock down," he said "Your absolute worst case scenario is, with no other option, is you fight."
SSM Health Care has done tabletop drills so far, quizzing themselves in different situations. They are hoping to do an active shooter simulation sometime in the near future.