This blog is NOT a political blog. I very rarely discuss current events. But the two consecutive mass shootings that took place in Texas and Ohio in a span of two-three days (click here for info) is more than any of us should bear. I have no idea what the solution is, nor can I speculate. These mass shootings aren’t just limited to The United States. They happen all over the world.
What I do know, however, is We The People need to educate ourselves on what to do if we are unfortunately caught in a mass shooting environment. We need to do more than ‘Hide and Hope’ (click here for the NY Times article) as some at Homeland Security suggest.
Here is what Homeland Security recommends (click here for the full report) we do in case of being trapped in a mass shooting incident:
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation.1. Evacuate If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:• Have an escape route and plan in mind• Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow• Leave your belongings behind• Help others escape, if possible• Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be• Keep your hands visible• Follow the instructions of any police officers• Do not attempt to move wounded people• Call 911 when you are safe2. Hide out If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:• Be out of the active shooter’s view• Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed and locked door)• Not trap you or restrict your options for movement. To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:• Lock the door• Blockade the door with heavy furniture.
If the active shooter is nearby:• Lock the door• Silence your cell phone and/or pager• Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)• Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)• Remain quiet. If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:• Remain calm• Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location• If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen3. Take action against the active shooter As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:• Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her• Throwing items and improvising weapons• Yelling• Committing to your action
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