FBI says these 3 tips could help you survive an active shooter situation
We've seen mass shootings at public buildings, universities, even shopping malls - but what should you do if you're ever in that situation? The FBI is out with some tips that may surprise you and change your thinking forever.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- We've seen mass shootings at public buildings, universities, even shopping malls -- but what should you do if you're ever in that situation?
The FBI is out with some tips that may surprise you and change your thinking forever.
If you're on fire you've probably heard you're supposed to ‘stop, drop and roll’. But if you're around an active shooter, the FBI says to run, hide or fight.
Mass shootings are becoming far too frequent. The latest happened Wednesday in San Bernardino, California.
"We had what amounted to an active shooter situation," said an officer addressing the media.
Last week, three were killed at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado. Before that, more than 130 died in a terrorist attack in Paris.
Predicting the next target is nearly impossible.
The FBI is releasing a new training video to law enforcement agencies showing them how to handle active shooter situations.
LMPD now has a copy and Chief Steve Conrad agrees with the advice.
"There's no reason to stick around and try to be a hero," said Conrad.
The FBI's tips for the public are simple. Run to get out of harm's way. If you can't, then find a place to hide. When those options don't work, fight back like your life depends on it.
Chief Conrad says it’s also a good idea to always have a plan.
"When you sit down in your office, where is the nearest exit, what's the secondary exit, that's for the "run" portion. On the "hide" portion, where would I hide, what room is secure, can I lock myself in how would I barricade the door? And if I had to fight, what do I have in my office that I can pick something up and hit them with," said Conrad.
An FBI study identified 160 active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013. Those numbers come out to an average of more than 11 a year or nearly one per month.
Of the 160 incidents, 486 people lost their lives and 557 were wounded.
The key is being prepared for anything whether it's running, hiding, or putting your own life at risk by fighting.
"If someone is shooting others, trying to take your life, you know, you absolutely if there are no other alternatives should do what you can to try to defend yourself," said Conrad.
You can find the FBI tips by clicking here.
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