First, our sincere condolences and prayers go out to the families who have been impacted by the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1st, 2017.
This domestic terrorist attack by an Active Shooter is now the largest mass shooting incident in United States history. Unfortunately, this will not be the last time this kind of threat happens to communities across the US and around the world.
Do you know what to do if you find yourself confronted by an Active Shooter or in a Domestic Terrorist attack? Have you discussed this with your family and friends?
The US Department of Homeland Security advises to “Run – Fight – Hide” in Active Shooter events. If you can run and get to safety – do it. If you can’t run then hide until the event is over. If you are cornered and unable to run or hide, then fight for your life. Many may remember during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the people on United Flight 93 found themselves in this very predicament. They could not run because they were in the air on a plane, they could not hide because everyone was confined in the same cabin space. Then a group of passengers got together to fight, uttering the now famous words, “Let’s Roll” as they combined forces and overtook the terrorists. Although the plane crashed in a rural field in Pennsylvania claiming the lives of everyone on board, it is agreed by many that the passengers heroic efforts may have saved the lives of thousands by fighting the terrorists and causing the plane crash in a field instead of hitting a populated target.
This video from the FBI talks about what to do if you are threatened by an active shooter:
WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Maria, life, personal safety, and access to safe shelters for disaster survivors remain a priority of local responders, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal family.
To aid in life sustaining missions, six FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) task forces are deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and are working in tandem with numerous federal partners to rescue and render aid to distressed survivors in the region. Additional FEMA US&R task forces are arriving today to expand operations, as areas become accessible. FEMA US&R task forces currently conducting operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands include Virginia Task Forces 1 and 2, Florida Task Forces 1 and 2, and California Task Forces 6 and 7. Components of New York Task Force 1 and Massachusetts Task Force 1 are on the ground providing logistics support.
Federal partners assisting with Search and Rescue (SAR) missions include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Department of the Interior / National Park Service.
Collectively, these federal agencies have rescued 180 individuals and searched more than 45 structures in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Shelters are open across the affected and surrounding areas. Download the FEMA mobile app for shelter information, weather alerts, and safety tips. The app (available in English and Spanish) provides directions to open shelters, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
The federal coordination is fully-activated, geared up, and providing support to states, local communities, and tribes as needed. FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. and Regional Response Coordination Center in Denton, Texas, are operating 24-hours a day.
In December 2016 NAACP HQ renewed disaster assistance memorandum of agreement (MOA) with FEMA. Additional assistance during time of response & recovery is available from your local NAACP chapter. For an updated MOA contact your local NAACP office.