July 30, 2012
How to Survive an Active Shooter Attack
7 Steps to Walking away from a Random Shooting
An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people, most often in populated areas or crowded areas. The active shooter is not a particular person, terrorist or gang member; they can be anyone, a best friend, family member; military service member or even a local clergy person. In the last 10 years, on Military Bases across the country there were reported total of 39 people killed and 85 people wounded. Since 1996 in cities across the world, there have been 196 people killed; and 246 people wounded in Active Shooter incidents.
In addition, there are some things to consider: First, assemble an emergency supply kit for your car, home and workplace. Carrying such things as: Hand gun, Pepper Spray, Taser, knife, blankets, first aid kit, water, candy or MRE’s, emergency cellphone, teddy bear or small stuffed animals (good for children) are helpful. Then you need to be aware of your surroundings, and any possible dangers. Take note of the two nearest exits wherever you are at. Knowing the evacuation plan for your workplace is a good idea. Always consider leaving an area if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right. After that, develop a family communication plan and ensure all family members know how to use it. How you respond to an active shooter will be determined by the circumstances of the encounter, remain calm and quickly determine the best way to protect your own life, and use these guidelines to help you survive.
If an escape route is available; evacuate immediately. You should leave your belongings behind, then get everyone down and out of site; make sure no one is visible from outside the room. Don’t respond to unfamiliar voices unless you are certain of who it is. It may be shooter trying to lure you out of hiding. Meanwhile, help others if possible;...