With emphasis being placed on training and preparation for an Active Shooter Event (ASE), BSR Inc. focused on developing an all-encompassing program that gives workplace management, school resource officers, school faculty, and religious leadership the tools necessary to increase their chances of survivability when such a violent incident were to occur. Better yet? We do it in a way that is practical, realistic, and applicable in its simplest form.
Understanding an Active Shooter Event (ASE)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” In many instances, there are firearm(s) involved with no pattern or method to their selection of victims.
Because these events typically end in 10-15 minutes, individuals must be prepared to mentally and physically deal with active shooter events before law enforcement gets on the scene. This means knowing the important questions, one of them being: Should you evacuate?
Should You Evacuate?
If evacuating is the most reasonable way to protect your own life, get OUT of the building. This means finding an accessible escape path, leaving belongings behind (in many cases), helping others escape (if possible), keeping hands visible to law enforcement, and calling 911 when you are in a safe location (if law enforcement isn’t already on the scene).
If law enforcement is already on the scene, follow their instructions and do not attempt to move wounded people.
Keep in mind that you should never let people’s indecision to evacuate slow you down. Help direct them to come with you, but get out of the building quickly.
As we have evolved, so has the threat. We can no longer rely on “Lockdown” alone, there is so much more than can be done. If you’d like to participate in our 1-day Active Shooter Preparedness Training, learn more on our B.E.C.O.N. page or contact us today to request a training date.