What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation?

Remember, ABO: Always Be Orienting.

It is true that active shootings and mass shootings have been a regular occurrence in this country. An active shooter is defined as the perpetrator of a type of mass murder marked by rapidity, scale, randomness and suicide. God forbid but what happens when you find yourself stuck in this type of situation? Would you know what to do? How to act? Or where to go?

According to research, active shooting usually occurs at locations in which the killers find little impediment in pressing their attack. In the midst of the attack, anyone including you, can play an important role in mitigating the impact of an active shooter incident.

Let’s talk and learn how best to react if you ever find yourself in a situation with an active shooter.


You’ve Got to Know What You’d Do Before It Actually Happens

In an active shooter situation, seconds matter. You don’t have time to figure out what you’re going to do when a guy starts spraying a building full of gunfire. By having a general preconceived plan, you give yourself a head start. Remember, in any conflict there are multiple loops going on. It’s your loop versus the shooter’s, and the first to complete their respective decision-making cycle usually wins the fight.

By coming up with a plan of what you would do in an active shooter situation before one ever happens, you’re already engaged in the second step: Orienting. Should you encounter a shooter, you can act immediately because you’ve already begun the cycle and already have a plan in place. Remember, ABO: Always Be Orienting.

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