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Surviving an active shooter situation

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(CBS 8/LASD.org) - "What would you do?" It's a question that comes to mind whenever news reports of mass shootings are aired and stories of survivors and victims are recounted.

Unfortunately, it's happening more often these times - workplace violence, school shootings, attacks in public gathering places. Would you know how to escape or possibly survive an active shooter situation?

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department created a website, including a graphically realistic video, to teach the public what to be aware of during a mass shooting scenario.

The video notes that since 2006, the United States has averaged an active shooter event with 4 or more deaths every 2.9 months and, on average, 20 mass shootings take place in the U.S. every year.

From the activeshooter.lasd.org website:

Although the odds of being involved in such an event are low, the sudden, catastrophic nature of these attacks requires that individuals, schools, workplaces, and public areas think in advance about how to respond.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has created this video, Surviving an Active Shooter, to help people answer the question "What would you do?"

If you have to immediately exit a location, how can you do so safely?
If you cannot get outside and away from the threat, how can you secure yourself and those with you against attack?
If you must confront your attacker, how can you do it in a way that gives you the best chance of success?

Some tips outlined in the video:

  • Killers usually choose their victims at random looking for easy targets. The harder you are to see or hit, the safer you are.
  • When an attack starts, if you can find your way out of the location, do so.
  • If you can stay calm and think clearly, even in the middle of a life-and-death event, you improve your chances of making it out. Visualize your movements in advance.
  • If you can’t move safely to an exit, get to a room or a confined area you can lock down. Secure the location.
  • Law enforcement's first responsibility when entering an active shooter situation is to stop the suspect, not to render aid to the victims. Medical teams will enter the scene as soon as the suspect is no longer a threat or is confirmed in another location.
  • If you cannot escape the location, and you can't shelter in place, you may have to defend yourself as a last resort.

The website also provides links to government sites with information on developing an action and emergency response plan.

WATCH THE VIDEO: WARNING THE VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT OF A VIOLENT NATURE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.


Resources:

WEBSITE: activeshooter.lasd.org

DOWNLOAD: Surviving an Active Shooter Narration Transcript (PDF File) »

DOWNLOAD: Full Video Transcript »

YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DFQ-oxhdFjE

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