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It’s one of those things you don’t want to talk or think about, and chances are most of us will never find ourselves in an active shooter situation. However, Premier seeks to empower and equip people with the Armored Mindset.
While we create life-saving products (listed at the end of this blog) we seek to offer solutions for prevention, before intervention.
Just like practicing good situational awareness, knowing what to do during and after an active shooter situation can save your life and the lives of those around you.
But before we get into the specifics of what to do in the event of an active shooter situation, let’s briefly talk about situational awareness – a proactive approach to keeping safe.
Situational awareness is being aware of your surroundings, where you are supposed to be, what you are supposed to do and whether anyone or anything around you is a potential threat to your health and safety. Below you will find the six steps to practicing good situational awareness.
You can read further from our blog "6 Tips to Improve Situational Awareness"
Whether you’re in the workplace or another populated area, knowing what to do both during and after an active shooting situation is essential.
You may have heard of the term “Run, Hide, Fight” already. It is something taught to children in school as part of code red drills and many workplaces are now covering the concept in employee training. It is a universally recommended three-part response guide to active shooting situations.
Deciding where to hide when you walk into a mall is probably not top of mind. However good situational awareness includes knowing where to go in the event of a high-stress violent situation.
Exiting the building isn’t always going to be the safest option and, in some cases, may not even be possible. But where do you go? Here are a few places to keep in mind.
All law enforcement agencies have a detailed active shooter protocol in place and are trained in how to stop a shooting in progress. The number one priority of law enforcement officers is to neutralize the situation as quickly as possible.
They likely will not know who the shooter is at first, and until they do, they will assume it could be anyone. Therefore, there are several steps you should take to ensure law enforcement officers are able to do their job and prevent any confusion.
Once officers are successfully able to neutralize the situation, paramedics and rescue teams will arrive to provide medical assistance to anyone in need.
Again, it’s unlikely you’ll ever find yourself in the middle of an active shooter situation but knowing how to keep yourself safe and what to do before, during and after an active shooting can save your life and the lives of those around you. Be sure to review our discreet armor options to have a life-saving solution with you wherever you go.
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Don Gala, PhD
February 24, 2023
This advice is something that should be shared with all students in Middle School and High School grades. Most people do not know that they should not run toward a police officer during or after a shooting situation. People may, normally, run toward the police officer because they perceive the police officer as their savior. Thank you for sharing this information with your customers and readers.