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The purpose of the Take 5 business continuity discussion topics is to engage employees and colleagues on your company's plan(s) to respond to potentially critical situations.  Take 5 minutes, once a month, to present the situation and gather the responses. These quick discussions can happen during a morning meeting, at the water cooler, during weekly correspondence via e-mail, or virtually anywhere.  Engage your employees on your organization's business continuity planning efforts and how they would respond to an emergency situation.

Make sure to check back each month as we will be releasing a new situation to discuss, or become a Partner of Safeguard Iowa and receive our Collaborative Corner.  Each month, the Take 5 discussion topic will be released within the newsletter.

August 2016 - Scenario 8


Your supervisor has brought your coworker into his office after you reported his unusual behavior. Once the meeting is completed, he makes a rude remark to you and proceeds outside to his car. Through the window, you notice him retrieve an object and make his way back into the building. You hear, what you perceive as a possible gunshot in the hallway.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you react?
  2. Does your organization have an active threat plan? If so, are employees trained?
  3. Have you identified two potential evacuation routes from your work area?
  4. If you can’t evacuate, is there a way for you to secure your door or barricade yourself into a protective area?

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