Women who wear high-heel shoes might be able to take them off and use them as a weapon, he said.
Those in offices with locking doors can take cover there, he said. Lynch also encouraged people to think about at least two escape routes in their offices that they could use in the event of a shooting.
"Get as far away as possible, as quickly as possible," Lynch said.
Moving targets are more difficult to hit, he said, so people should not run in a straight line.
Lynch also warned people to take responsibility for their own safety. For instance, you should alert other people to the danger, but if they don't follow you to safety, he said, don't stay and risk your life trying to persuade them.
Many shootings in the workplace are the result of domestic violence, he said. If you fear for your safety because of a spouse or partner, tell your manager and leave pictures of the person at the office's reception desk, he said.
There have been 15 prominent high-casualty shootings in the U.S. in the recent past, said Dr. Rahul Gupta, executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.
Each year, 1.7 million people are the victims of workplace assaults or homicides, Gupta said. People in Southern states are twice as likely to get shot at work when compared to people in the rest of the country, Gupta said.
Gupta hopes Tuesday's session helps prepare people in case someone opens fire in the workplace.
"Hopefully it doesn't happen, but if it does happen, we're better prepared," he said.
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