This story from NPR's Here and Now program highlights the reasons why the built environment is often an impediment to victims of mass shooting situations.
Lieutenant Joe Hendry, an intelligence liaison officer with Ohio Homeland Security, trains personnel in schools and workplaces to plan for active shooter situations. He says the lockdown procedures most police departments advocate in active shooter situations are not effective. "We're trying to use compartmentalization with buildings that weren't designed to utilize it," he says. "We don't build buildings in the United State to withstand gunfire."
In light of the recent San Bernardino tragedy, his comments raise an important question for American builders and architects: Is designing for these types of events the next step on the quest for resiliency? Click on the link to hear or download the program.