Emergency preparedness for Mass Shootings
In 2010 there were 30 “active shooter” attacks in the U.S., according to John Bruner, a 20-year law-enforcement veteran who is the former Chief County Detective with the Greene County (Pa.) District Attorney’s Office. That’s more than the 1960s and 1970s combined, he added.
So should we be prepared? I asked a few people today around the office, would you be prepared if someone came into this place of business and you would know what to do?
“Why should we?”, they all muttered, “it’s not going to happen to us”!
I think that’s the problem, just like every other type of emergency, it won’t happen to you syndrome!
But, we need to have a plan, just like in preparing for injuries, death or accidents.
So, according to John Bruner, here’s what we need to do!
1- First step is to prepare!
Have a plan of what the possibilities are for you in that office space, or building. What does your office space look like? Does it have windows on the inside, no where to hide or windows to the outside to see in? Where is there to hide? Where can you run to?
2- Run in the opposite direction
Can you run in the opposite direction in your office location? Where can you go?
3- Leave the cellphone
You don’t need to remember everything, just get out.
Get out of the building to a safe location. Perhaps set up a location that would be a good outside place to hide.
4- If you can’t run, HIDE
Hide in a place, where you can lock the doors, bolt the doors down with belts, door stops or chairs, tables.
Every time you make it more difficult for the shooter, you have spared some time for the police to get there.
5- Silence your cellphones, do not have it on sound at all. Be quiet as a mouse
6- Call 911 from a landline, because if the call gets dropped or hung up, the address comes up from the call.
7- Fight for your life! You will need to find objects from around you that you can use to defend yourself.
Scissors, knives, fire extinguishers, hot drinks, glass objects, a pen, metal, keys, etc.
8- Forget about getting shot- just fight!
You can bide some time by making things difficult
9- Aim High for defending yourself. Aim for hands, arms, the face, head shoulders,etc.
10- Do not freeze in disbelief! React within 5 seconds, either away from the shooter/s or defending yourself with hiding or against him/her.
Be ready with a plan.
Be prepared, it will only be 1 of the emergency plans that we will need to practice every 6-months to stay safe!
Tina Olexa, Developer
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