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Most of us have a natural inclination to focus on positive things and shy away from, or entirely avoid, negative topics. Like the possibility of encountering dangerous situations. As parents, educators and first responders, we don't have that luxury. Our children depend on us to help them stay safe.
Our mission at BeSafe Technologies is to help save lives by providing the right information, to the right people, at the right time. Today we are sharing the 3 things you need to do during a school lockdown, according to the experts in the Department of Homeland Security.
This information is primarily dealing with active shooter incidents on a school campus but is also applicable to the workplace.
School lockdowns are on the increase in the United States. Largely because of hightened awareness after several well known school shootings in Parkland Florida, Newtown Connecticut and Virginia Tech.
It's important to remember that each situation is different, and there are many variables. During an active shooter incident, your school will likely be in complete chaos. Being prepared in advance with some simple, easy-to-remember guidelines may help to save your life or those around you.
Be sure to review this advice with your child, and help them to feel as comfortable as possible with something that a child should never have to think about.
During an active shooter situation, remember these 3 things:
Your first response to the sound of gunfire should always be to run. That's why it's important to always know where your two closest exits are. (in case one of them is blocked by the shooter)
If it's not possible to run, then hiding is your next best option. Find a good place to hide, somewhere where it is unlikely the shooter will find you. That might sound obvious but humans often make illogical choices when they panic.
The best hiding places share these characteristics:
Once you've hidden yourself:
If the active shooter is nearby:
Let's be 100% clear here. Fighting the shooter is the absolute last resort, and should only be attempted if there is no other option.
Always run first. If that is not an option, then hide. If hiding isn't available either, and it's clear your life is in danger, then it's time to fight.
Take these steps to try to stop the active shooter:
Be prepared. Be safe.
We all wish we lived in a world where it wasn't necessary to go to these lengths to protect our children in a place where they should feel safe. Schools should be safe a place to learn and grow, not a potential source of danger.
It is our sincere hope that lockdowns and shootings become a thing of the past, but in the meantime, this is the reality we currently find ourselves in and need to plan for.
Please review these official active school shooter guidelines and recommendations with your child. Ensure they are well-prepared and can increase their chances of remaining safe, when unthinkable happens.
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