Remember the previous discussion of critical skills for school staffs? Let’s focus today on the second one – knowing the best steps for survival in an active shooter event. According to FEMA’s 2013 guidelines “there are three basic options: run, hide, or fight. You can run away from the shooter, seek a secure place where you can hide and/or deny the shooter access, or incapacitate the shooter to survive and protect others from harm…” (Guide for Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans pg. 63). Notice that nowhere does it recommend to lock the door, hide in the corner, and wait for law enforcement to arrive. This is a fundamental shift from waiting for someone else to save you to saving yourself and the children in your care.
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