Friday, 10 August 2012

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event - English

It may feel like just another day at the office, but occasionally life feels more like an action movie than reality

The authorities are working hard to protect you and to protect our public spaces

But sometimes bad people do bad things

Their motivations are different

The warning signs may vary, but the devastating effects are the same

And unfortunately you need to be prepared for the worst

If you are were ever to find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event

Your survival may depend upon whether or not you have a plan

The plan doesn’t have to be complicated

There are three things you could do that make a difference


First and foremost if you can get out, do, always try and escape or evacuate even when others insist on staying, encourage others to leave with you, but don’t let them slow you down with indecision

Remember what’s important, you, not your stuff
Leave your belongings behind and try to find a way to get out safely
Trying to get yourself out of harms way needs to be your number one priority
Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 911

If you can’t get out safely, you need to find a place to hide

Act quickly and quietly, try to secure your hiding place the best you can

Turn out lights and if possible remember to lock doors

Silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone
And if you can’t find a safe room or closet

Try to conceal yourself behind large objects that may protect you

Do your best to remain quiet and calm

As a last resort if your life is at risk, whether you are alone or working together as a group

Fight, act with aggression, improvise weapons, disarm him and commit to taking the shooter down no matter what

Try to be aware of your environment, always have an exit plan

Know that in an incident like this victims are generally chosen randomly, the event is unpredictable and may evolve quickly

The first responders on the scene are not there to evacuate or tend the injured
They are well trained and are there to stop the shooter

Your actions can make a difference, for your safety and survival, be aware and be prepared

And if you find yourself facing an active shooter

There are three key things you need to remember to survive

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