By Meredith Moss
Strategies to stay safe
Tips for everyday safety:
- Accept responsibility for your own safety
- Reconcile with actions you may have to take to win
- Develop situational awareness
- Trust your instincts
- Use good tactics and have a plan
- Trust is earned. Many victims trust the wrong people too quickly and too early.
- Never be taken
- Act nice and think tough. Be polite or respectful. If someone walks up to you to panhandle and you’re not going to give him money, you don’t need to be rude.
- Communicate a powerful presence
- Limit loss
- Control fear. Take a deep breath into your nose for four counts, hold for four counts, release through your nose for four counts.
- Keep moving
- Never second guess yourself. Once you have decided to run, to fight or to cooperate, stick to your plan. Don’t be indecisive.
- Train realistically. If you seek training, be sure to get a qualified instructor — someone who has had real experience dealing with these kinds of issues such as a police officer or someone with military background.
What to do if confronted with an active shooter:
- Figure out the situation as quickly as possible. When you realize what is happening isn’t normal, you have to act quickly — assess and act.
- Get out! Getting out of the building at all costs is paramount.
- Call out: call the police and give them detailed information.
- Hide out. If you can’t get out of the building, hide.
- Keep them out. Keep the gunman out of the room you are in any way possible.
- Take them out. If all else fails, take decisive action to stop the gun man.
Source: Retired police officer William Parsons