Active Shooter: We Need To Do More Than ‘Hide And Hope’.

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.

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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:

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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





  1. Thank you for this post. A must read for everyone! There is nothing that can be said about these actions being political. These were done by evil people. My heart goes out to the communities involved. I just can’t imagine the fear and helplessness the people went through.
    Our state recently become an open carry state. We had never gotten around to getting our concealed carry licenses. I don’t carry mine yet, but Hubby does, so I feel somewhat safer.


    • HI Robin. When we are in Florida, we know that almost everyone there carries a gun. When you know that fact, you have no choice but to act differently. You don’t argue with anyone. You smile and are more courteous. You try your best NOT to tick anyone off because you just never know. Two years ago, a man in a movie theater asked the guy in front of him to quiet down and not be so rowdy DURING the movie. An honest request. The guy in front laughed, said no and continued to be obnoxious. The man went out to his car and came back and shot the guy in the head killing him instantly. The man was an ex-sheriff.
      As I said, you walk a bit cautiously when you know those around you carry a gun. Ditto for another story. A moderate was giving a speech. A group of men tried to break into the auditorium carrying guns. A person who was in attendance,carried a gun and shot them all before they did any killing of anyone else.
      It’s a horrific world we are living in.
      I pray that God keeps us safe.
      Sometimes I think all we can do is pray.
      Thanks Robin for your comment.

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      • I totally agree, You most definitely have to be a more courteous. I felt ashamed of myself yesterday at our small town dollar store for being leery of some Mexican guys I hadn’t seen before only because they were speaking Spanish and kind of huddle up talking softly. Turns out they appeared to be discussing how many electrolyte drinks and lunch options. But you just never know anymore. We all need to pray.

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      • Absolutely, Robin. I worry about my grandkids who are growing up in the heart of New York City. Until I realized that where they are is probably THEE safest place in our country. The NYPD still are the finest police force.Extremely talented and well trained. It doesn’t hurt, however, to pray for them every.single.night.
        Stay safe.
        Whenever you go into any building or store, look for the exits first and think about how you would escape if need be.
        Sorry, but that’s our new reality.

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  2. Always know your exit. Always. I cannot tell you how many tables I have turned down or changed because I could not clearly see an exit. There are parts of museums I will not take the grands to because there is no easy exit. I sit at the end of rows for plays–the view is not as good- but I know how to get out quickly.
    Although I am a good shot, I will not carry a gun. I go automatic to the help mode in scary situations—so being the one locked and loaded is not my cup of tea. God Bless those who are able to keep their heads when shots are fired.
    Good Post Cindi.


    • Hi SZQ. I think we are far beyond ‘thoughts and prayers’ after this past week. It’s foolish to think politicians can do anything.
      Thanks for your comment.


  3. Oh, Cindi, this one hit close to home. My home in El Paso. We are all still numb and reeling from the attack last Saturday. Tomorrow marks one week since the tragedy and there are El Paso Strong signs everywhere, a growing makeshift memorial at the Walmart where the shooting took place, opportunities for counseling for anyone who needs it. But even with all of that, most of us are just stumbling along feeling vulnerable to attack.

    Your post was very helpful to me because it gave steps that we can commit to memory for that horrific day when we might be in an active shooter situation. I remember after the theater killings in Colorado, I believe, PC and I went to the movies and I was semi-panicked, glancing back and forth between the exits the whole time, looking suspiciously at everyone in the theater. And then, in the weeks following, we ‘forgot’ and we moved forward and didn’t pay attention to the exits and the people around us. Now we are back to being tense and shaken. Having a plan is a great way to ease some of that fear. Knowing what to do just in case is key. Going to pin this post and reread it occasionally as a reminder of ways to be vigilant.


    • Leslie, ALL of us have to be vigilant nowadays because we just don’t know when tragedy may strike. To be honest, I’m not going inside big stores anymore. Especially our local WalMart. I had to pick up an RX the other day and we came in through the garage work shop and exited the same way. I’m sure you know the shooters go through the bathrooms and kill everyone inside? So, bathrooms are no longer safe. Nor is lying on the ground playing dead. They come around and shoot people in the back or worse yet, the head.
      This is a terrible, terrible time in America. It’s worse than what we went through with the Viet Nam war.
      I’m even thinking seriously of having my groceries delivered, as well as my meds in the future. You can understand why Amazon is soaring. I am getting more and more items delivered lately.
      My heart and my prayers go out to you and your community. This was a big hit. Game over. This is very, very serious now. And if our politicians don’t get their acts together, I think it’s protest time!
      Hang in there. Hugs to you.


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