Events involving active shooters can be both deadly as well as devastating. Ensuring that you are as prepared as possible can mean the difference in life and death, not only for yourself but also for those that are around you. Active shooting can happen at any time and in any place. Schools, hospitals, movie theaters and malls can become the setting for an active shooter and being knowledgeable of how to handle the situation can save your life. Even your work place can fall victim to active shooting at any time.

Consider educating yourself as well as your family on the safest and best way to handle an active shooter. Participating in active shooter drills will help you to become more aware of the things that you should and should not do when faced with this horrific event. Know the best way to save yourself as well as others. Learn how to keep yourself calm and also how to calm others in such a frightening situation.

Having an emergency plan can be one of the best ways to ensure that you and others survive in the event of an active shooter. Educate yourself on evacuation routes so that you know safe areas to reach. Be aware of the nearest hospitals as well as their phone numbers. Learn how to communicate with those around you without the shooter being aware of what you’re doing.

There are many things that we never think of that can be helpful to ourselves as well as those around us and practicing an active shooter drill can be paramount. Knowing not to move the injured if there are in can be lifesaving to anyone wounded. Helping those that are unable to escape on their own is also something that should be considered and knowing how to do it properly is very important. It’s crucial to know what to do if escape is not possible and you and others are held in the building or area with the shooter. Make sure that you know what to do with your cell phone and other electronic devices when you are up against an active shooter.

People, employees, students and everyone should participate in all of the active shooter drills that they can in order to help keep their mind able to grasp any situation. It’s easy to become afraid and do the wrong things at the wrong time and when dealing with an active shooter, this can be deadly. Learning all you can about how to handle yourself in the event of active shooting will help you be more prepared to deal with the situation. Knowing some of the inside tips that you may not have learned anywhere but in an active shooter drill can be lifesaving. Making sure that you are fully educated on the best way to handle an active shooter can mean your life.

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