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June is National Safety Month

Jun 1, 2017, 12:49 PM by Kate Krumm

National Safety Month is celebrated every year in the month of June. The goal of this month is to raise awareness and focus on reducing the number of simple accidents that can cause injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages and the leading cause of death for Americans ages one to 44. While we all face a variety of risks throughout our lives, safety is a choice we can make each and every day for ourselves and others. Because safety is such an all-encompassing and important topic, each week this month will be devoted to a specific safety issue.

In Week 3, we’re focusing on active shooter scenario. An “active shooter” is an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. 

Because they have no pattern and their victims are random, being prepared can be your best defense in an active shooter situation. The Department of Homeland Security recommends an action plan when faced with an active shooter. While we always hope that an active shooter situation never arises, they can, and you should be prepared.

1. RUN IF THERE IS AN ACCESSIBLE ESCAPE PATH, ATTEMPT TO EVACUATE THE PREMISES. BE SURE TO: • Have an escape route and plan in mind. • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow. • Leave your belongings behind. • Help others escape, if possible. • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be. • Keep your hands visible. • Follow the instructions of any police officers. • Do not attempt to move wounded people. • Call 911 when you are safe.

2. HIDE IF EVACUATION IS NOT POSSIBLE, FIND A PLACE TO HIDE WHERE THE ACTIVE SHOOTER IS LESS LIKELY TO FIND YOU. YOUR HIDING PLACE SHOULD: • Be out of the active shooter’s view. • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed and locked door). • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement. • To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place: - Lock the door. - Blockade the door with heavy furniture. - Silence your cell phone and/or pager. - Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions). - Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks). - Remain quiet if evacuation and hiding out are not possible. - Remain calm. - Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location. - If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen.

3. FIGHT AS A LAST RESORT, AND ONLY WHEN YOUR LIFE IS IN IMMINENT DANGER, ATTEMPT TO DISRUPT AND/OR INCAPACITATE THE ACTIVE SHOOTER BY: • Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her. • Throwing items and improvising weapons. • Yelling. • Committing to your actions.

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