Are you ready for an active shooter situation?

Las Vegas 59 dead and counting, with 520+ injured! 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting left 14 people dead, and 22 wounded. The 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting left 12 people dead, and it was followed by video of people running and crawling as attackers roam a shopping mall in Nairobi, eventually killing 67 people. At Columbine High School in Colorado, students hid under tables during the 1999 attacks.

These are awful attacks on innocent lives; it’s unfair, despicable, depressing, and much more. As much as we all wish they didn’t happen, they do. Do you know what to do if you were involved in an active shooter situation?

Have Safety Will Travel can help! We have worked with LAPD and can teach you what to do if you, or your employees find themselves in an active shooter situation.

We will discuss information about terrorist groups, tips on emergency first aid and offer the suggestion: Run, Hide or Fight if confronted by a shooter.

“What are you going to choose to do?”

First be aware of your surroundings at all times – church, mall, movies, and ballgames etc – all soft targets for predators. It is imperative to stay calm.  Learn combat tactical breathing to calm yourself in an attack. This involves breathing in for four seconds, holding your breath for four and exhaling for four. Simple advice techniques might include

  1. Wrapping a belt around the springs of a door to keep someone from coming in
  2. Turning off lights
  3. Muting cell phones when hiding
  4. Remember, anything can be a weapon, a chair, a book, a pen.

Remember your emergency medical training (CPR/First Aid)

  1. If someone is bleeding use direct pressure to stop bleeding.
  2. Control the bleeding and get out the shooter may be somewhere around.

Everyone must keep an open mind to the possibility that this can occur. We are prepared for most emergencies fires/earthquakes; we want to deny this will ever happen, but It already has.  

A Glimpse into Active Shooter Training:

Step 1: Work with local police

Step 2: Create a survey of your facility for police

Step 3: Create a lockdown policy

Step 4: Prevent an incident

Step 5: If a Shooter Gets In … contact HSWT for the answer.

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