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Expert: What to do in the event of a workplace shooting

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

In light of the tragedy in San Bernardino, what is the best way to protect yourself when faced with a mass shooter?

“There's always denial that it's never going to happen, and we become complacent,” said Tom Mynsberg.

Mynsberg is the critical incident manager for Saginaw County.

He met TV5 in an empty office room, and demonstrated some things you should do to stay safe, if there was an active shooter in your workplace.

“If this happens, what would I do? Don't leave yourself in a vulnerable spot,” Mynsberg said.

Mynsberg said pay attention to exit signs and get out if you can.

But if you can't leave, quickly make a plan.

“Most logical thing is when you come in here, you look at the door handle, you look at the door, it has a lock on it, you can lock yourself in here,” Mynsberg said.

But if you don't have a lock on the door, you can use items in your office to barricade yourself in, like desk chairs.

But not everyone has an office with a door. If you can't escape, Mynsberg said start thinking of everyday supplies as weapons: like a hole punch, a pen or other office equipment.

And sometimes, he said tough decisions needs to be made

“When you're up multiple floors as we are here. You have to make an assessment. Do I jump and deal with the injury, or face a gunman?” Mynsberg said.

But Mynsberg said the best way for a workplace to stay safe is having a plan, and doing practice drills.

“The worst thing you can do is not have a plan and have to formulate them under stress. Then we usually go blank, we don't react and we are the victim,” Mynsberg said.

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