This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
It seems that a couple of mass shootings have appeared almost back to back: the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado and now the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. We pray for the victims and their families. The thought comes to mind on what someone ought to do if such a horrific situation were to occur.
Run, Hide or Fight
- Run if you can find a safe path.
- If there is no place to run, find someplace to hide.
- When hiding, lock the door, turn off the lights and silence the ringer or vibration on your phone
- As a last resort, whether alone or teamed up with others, aggressively fight the attacker with improvised weapons
Reactions to the video are varied, with some people feeling they would follow a different order. On the other hand, it does get people thinking on what they would do, which is a good thing since this helps people become mentally prepared.
Concealment vs. Cover
I had previously speculated about whether walls would stop a bullet – and the answer is “No, they would not.” You can only hope to get behind some “cover” that will slow or stop the bullet.
What’s the difference? Concealment is anything you can hide behind, usually a large object such as a door, table, couch etc. We’ve all seen those movies where the “good guy” jumps behind a couch in a gun fight and instantly finds protection. Well, it doesn’t work that way. The shooter may not see you right away with the couch hiding you, but it won’t protect you from getting shot.
Cover is what gives you protection and hide you at the same time. Some examples would be reinforced concrete, a bookcase full of books, brick walls, thick mounds of dirt.
Keep this difference in mind if you ever have to find a good hiding spot.
Habits that May Keep You Safe
This article provides some good insights: Surviving an ‘Active Shooter’: Navy SEAL Lessons from Aurora.
I’m no expert – we’re all just average people trying to go about our everyday lives. Reading various articles has made me think about what can a person, who has no combat experience, try to do:
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Always scope out the exits everywhere you go.
- Find a spot you can easily exit from.
- Be aware of your surroundings and prepare to react quickly.
- Listen to your gut – if something feels wrong to you then act accordingly.
- Reconsider your “everyday carry” items – include a tactical flashlight
Unfortunately, there is no way to predict or prevent these events; all we can do is adapt and stay mentally prepared. Stay safe everyone!
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