Active shooting incidents, seem to be happening all over the place. Large cities, small towns, schools, movie houses, workplace, almost everywhere. We must become aware of how to deal with an active shooter situation. Welcome to life in the 21st century.
When faced with an Active Shooter situation, you have one of three things you must remember Run - Hide - Fight.
Disclaimer: this information is advisory in nature and is not intended to identify all scenarios or situations a person might encounter. Following these guidelines will not guarantee your safety. Use common sense in all situations.
Profile of an Active Shooter
We must look at what an active shooter looks like or how they act. If you are able to identify someone who might be an active shooter quickly. Then you can begin to take preparedness actions quicker than most. I am not saying that you must raise the alarms right away, but if you see someone looking strange, maybe wearing an overcoat in the middle of summer, or wearing combat fatigues and carrying a backpack, you might want to look for your nearest exit or start to mentally develop a plan, what am I going to do, if this guy starts shooting.
An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
The other day it was request that USA Emergency Broadcasting Network look into ways the deaf or hard of hearing community could be made aware in case of emergencies. This request was being made by a member of this community through a sign language specialist.
Well USA Emergency Broadcasting Network has taken up to research and will be publishing all the information that we can find to assist this part of our community with the needed information.
Here is some information coming out of FEMA regarding a joint venture between FEMA and NPR (National Public Radio) on way they are addressing the situation.
If you know of anyone that is deaf or hard of hearing, please share this information with them.
For More Information and full report please visit USA Emergency Broadcasting Network at www.usaebn.org
A community prepared for any type of emergency, with knowledge and vital information, is a community that will recover from a disaster quicker and cost effectively. Injuries and mortality rates are also drastically decreased and community involvement becomes very strong.
This can be accomplished with a professional approach to community preparedness. Due to current budget constraints, facing all US jurisdictions, community preparedness is usually the first item that suffers from budget constraints or lack of staff. USA Emergency Broadcasting Network can help bridge this gap. USA Emergency Broadcasting Network is developing a community preparedness outreach program called “Community Readiness”.
This pilot program will be focused on delivering readiness and recovery information to all areas across the nation and in particular to organizations who wish to utilize this program. The Community Readiness team will monitor informational websites for organizations like FEMA, CDC, National Weather Service, USFA, USGS, NOAA and The Red Cross for information and develop articles, podcasts and online training courses.