Active Shooter Incidents – They Are Increasing
As troubling as it is, we have come to live in a society where active shooter incidents are on the uprise and are happening more and more. According to the FBI statistics, 50 active shooting incidents occurred between 2016 to 2017. Twenty of the 50 incidents met the criteria under the federal definition of “mass killings,” that is three or more killings at a single time.2 Industry experts predict this number will continue to rise.
The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.1
The 3 deadliest incidents between 2016-2017 include the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, resulting in 58 casualties, the Pulse nightclub in Orland, Florida, with 49 casualties, and Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX resulting in 26 casualties. These 3 incidents accounted for more casualty rates compared to all other incidents throughout 2016-2017.2
In the final FBI conclusion for 2016 -2017 incidents, the active shooters were all single-shooter males within the age range of 14-66.
RUN/ HIDE/ FIGHT – Basic training in an active shooter workshop.
- Your top priority is to run and escape if possible. You need to distance yourself from the active shooter as fast as you can.
- Warn others of the location and area of the active shooter.
- Leave your belongings behind.
- Call 911 when you are safe.
- Make sure you hide in a place that you are not visible to the active shooter and if gunfire takes place, you’re in an area that is protected.
- Shut, lock and block doors.
- Turn off all lights if possible.
- Silence your cell phones ringtones and make sure it is not on vibrate. Communicate through text with authorities if possible.
- Stay put until help arrives.
- Hide in a manner that will allow you to run if the situation changes and will allow a safe escape.
- Fighting should be your last resort
- Carry out your attack with objects around you such as fire extinguishers, chairs, scissors, etc..
- Try to enlist the help of others in a combined attack.
- Try to distract the active shooter by throwing objects to disable them.
- Commit to your actions until the threat is disabled.
You never know when and where an active shooter incident will happen. The best way to know how to handle an incident is to be informed and prepare yourself by signing up for an Active Shooter Work Shop. Always be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for possible dangers. If you see something, say something.
Greg Keef, CEO of Triton Global Services, is a security expert who offers tips on how to survive an active shooter incident link… https://www.sbsun.com/2016/06/24/as-mass-shootings-continue-demand-rises-for-advice-on-how-to-survive/
Triton Global Services can bring an active workshop to your or your place of business.
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1 US federal government agencies define an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” The FBI expands this definition to include more than one individual in an incident and omits the word confined as the term excludes incidents that occurred outside buildings
2 FBI Documents: Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017