Things to do when shots are fired by Al Shabaab

[B]“Shots Fired on Campus” Personal Safety Training
’Shots Fired’ training focuses on personal safety

If someone wielding a gun walks into your building, would you try to: a) get out of the building right away; b) find a safe place to hide; or c) confront the person? The correct answer actually depends on the circumstances. And key to quickly evaluating the situation and determining the best response is a survival mindset – one in which you take responsibility for your personal safety.

That’s the message Officers from the Department of Public Safety are giving during training sessions to groups, departments, and residence communities throughout the campus over the past two years

“It is so important for people on our campus to think about safety issues long before an incident occurs,” said Sgt. Megan Howard, UNC crime prevention officer. “That way, everyone will know what to do in an emergency and avoid the panic and confusion that often occurs when people are unprepared.”

What you should do

Assess what is happening and get out of the room or area right away if you can, he said. If you are walking outside, keep walking and find protection.

Once out of harm’s way, call 911 to let the police know what is going on.

If you are unable to get out, you should hide out – but not in a place in which you could be trapped.

Lock the door, be quiet and mute your cell phone.

Make sure you spread out so everyone is not gathered in a small space. That makes it too easy for a shooter to target a lot of people, he said.

If you are in the same room as a shooter, you might have to confront the person. (If you do, however, become more aggressive than ever: throw things at the shooter, yell, whatever it takes. Tell yourself, “I will survive.”

When law enforcement officials arrive on the scene, be compliant and calmly provide details. Raise your hands, spread your fingers and drop to the floor.

Don’t run toward the police officers.

If you are in a hostage situation, you should not be aggressive. Instead, be patient and compliant and let the police negotiate

Why training is important

The training is designed to help people be prepared, not fearful, Howard said.

It is analogous to airline passengers being told about emergency exits and oxygen masks before the plane takes off – not because the pilot expects to crash, but because people can react more quickly when they know beforehand what to do.

Personal[/B] safety

The Shots Fired on Campus training teaches that if you hear something that even remotely sounds like it could be gunfire, assume it is and act accordingly. At that point, the emergency siren instructions to stay where you are do not apply. You should adopt a survival mindset and follow the “get out, hide out or fight it out” steps outlined in the training. See the information above for details about the training.

If I find the DVD or YouTube video I’ll include it in this tutorial

asanti lakini this dosent always work out

nothing always works out but the most important thing is to try not to panic…

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When you imagine bullets spilling your brains or drilling holes in your heart, adrenaline hits and you fly away in any direction. Unless you are used to such situations.