Originally Posted by lobosrul
For the most part all that episode did was piss me off. Their policy in such a situation is to just stay put while so they can be picked off like sheep, while the police stand around outside and a single swat team slowly clears the building room for room? Sadly, I think thats actually not completely unrealistic, except hospital doors for the most part have locks on them.
I thought it was a very good episode, with my sole complaint being the high frequency with which the shooter came in contact with our main characters combined with the low frequency of contact with SWAT. I realize this was done for dramatic effect, but it strained credibility. Otherwise, I thought it was a great episode.
As far as actual lockdown policies go, "shelter in place" strategies are the new norm. I work for a large company, and we had a false alarm a few months ago where someone reported a gunman on the loose (as it turns out, it was just a groundskeeper carrying a shovel -- lol). But the response from security was to play the tornado recording over the loudspeakers and funnel everyone down into an underground corridor that connects the main buildings, where we would have been sitting ducks! Granted, we had security gaurds down there with guns, but it's a big corridor and if the guy'd had explosives it would have been like shooting fish in a barrel, not to mention all the time we spent packed in stairwells, stuck in line while everyone tried to cram into the corridor.
So the new approach is to have everyone stay where they are. However, these "shelter in place" strategies certainly do work better if there are lockable doors and a faster response from SWAT.