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:
Please take a moment to discuss this with your family and friends and do the best you can to prepare for how you could respond if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.