Surviving An Active Shooter Event: RUN…HIDE…FIGHT!

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October 22nd, 2012

Our hearts are heavy with yet another active shooter event in Milwaukee at Azana Spa in Brookfield, WI. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims, and our wishes for a speedy recovery for the survivors.

Unfortunately, violent attacks are becoming more prevalent in our schools and workplaces.  Being able to protect yourself begins with having a good sense of what is going on around you - scope out the situation and listen to your instincts. 

This DHS video “Run Hide Fight” gives excellent detail on how to deal with an onsite violent attack.

In the event that something should happen, first look to escape.  Hopefully by having a sense of your surroundings you have also scoped out your exits.  Next option is to barricade yourself or take cover.  Be resourceful – there is a difference between a solid barrier (i.e. a concrete wall) and hiding behind a chair or table.  This is real life – not the movies!  Once you safely exit the building, or remove yourself from the situation, do not let down your guard!  What if the shooter returns?

While these events are extremely rare and you hope to never experience, they do happen and they are something that we must be prepared to respond to.

Wisconsin Businesses wanting more information on disaster planning or business continuation coverage, please contact Rick Kalscheuer


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