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A troubling trend in this country is that violent attacks can occur quickly and when we least expect it. Many of the violent attacks that have occurred over the last few years have brought “cause for concern” to the general public.

Now, everyday citizens have to be more aware than ever about the threat of an active attacker. They need to understand their surroundings and the possible areas where they can flee to safety. These active shooter/attacker events have taken place in shopping malls, movie theaters, churches, airports, and other public places.

The cause and purpose of these attacks will be debated for years, but in the meantime, how can you protect yourself and your loved ones?

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FBI Active Shooter Study

According to the FBI, from 2000 to 2013, there has been an alarming increase in active shooter events in this country:

  • A total of 1,043 casualties occurred during the incidents included in this study (486 killed, 557 wounded)
  • An average of 11.4 incidents occurred annually
  • An average of 6.4 incidents occurred in the first 7 years studied, and an average of 16.4 occurred in the last 7 years
  • 70.0% of the incidents occurred in either a commerce/business or educational environment
  • Shootings occurred in 40 of 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • 60.0% of the incidents ended before police arrived

Source: FBI – “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013”

FBI - Active Shooter Info 2000-2013

Training - General Public - Shopping Mall

Protecting the lives of yourself and your loved ones should be your first priority. There’s nothing wrong with running away or hiding from an active attacker. Being able to effectively communicate an active attacker event to others nearby can help save lives. Also, once the event is over, it will be important to clearly communicate what you witnessed to the responding law enforcement professionals.

In most situations, we look to law enforcement to protect us, but this may be one situation where law enforcement cannot protect us. These active attacker events usually happen very quickly and there may not be enough time for the law enforcement professionals to arrive on scene.
If you find yourself in an active shooter/attacker situation, the Department of Homeland Security has put together these general guidelines for the public:

EVACUATE
  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Keep your hands visible
HIDE OUT
  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager
TAKE ACTION
  • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter