Mass shootings in schools and workplaces have become commonplace, especially in the US. Violence of this nature has become a reality for many, including children. Knowledge of basic survival techniques, however, can make a difference if you are ever placed in a situation such as this. Read on to know 5 basic survival tips that you can use to survive an active shooter incident.
1.) Look for exits.
The first thing to do in an active shooter situation is to try to place as much distance and as many obstacles between you and shooter as possible. Look for the nearest exit doors, windows that lead outside, or any doors that lead to other rooms where you can barricade yourself. Get away from the shooter and get as far as you can.
2.) Run in a zigzag.
In worst case scenarios, you may find yourself within the gunman’s line of sight. If you can get away, run in a zigzag pattern to confuse the shooter and use any form of cover you pass along the way until you reach the exit or the nearest door.
3.) Barricade yourself.
Barricading yourself and other people with you entails more than just finding a place to hide. This means using all means to deny access to the gunman such as locking doors, placing heavy items of furniture such as desks and chairs against doors and entryways to prevent him from entering the room. If you are inside a small storage closet, use a stick, or pile all the contents against the door to brace it against the gunman’s entry and protect you from gunfire. If you can, find a room that’s near or next to an elevator since these rooms are more likely to have reinforced sides compared to regular office or classroom walls.
4.) Stay hidden.
Hide under a table or behind anything that can conceal you. This is the next best option if you have no time to barricade yourself. Removing yourself from the gunman’s line of sight is the best thing you can do if running also is not an option.
5.) Leave your things behind.
In an active shooter situation, it is important to keep the goal of getting out as your priority. Never, ever go back for your stuff or even for someone else. Doing so not only jeopardizes your chances of survival but also of others as well.
An active shooter situation is perhaps one of the worst encounters you can have in any setting. However, you can keep calm under pressure if you know the basic things you can do to keep yourself out of harm’s way.