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Do You Have a Plan?

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Do You Have a Plan?

This is not a topic I like to cover. The reason I don't like talking about it all that much is that I don't consider myself to be an expert on the subject. The reason I am addressing it today is that we had an active shooter here in Arizona last night. See this article https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/21/westgate-shooting-arizona/ there was also another in Texas this morning https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/21/us/naval-air-station-corpus-christi-lockdown/index.html. They happen and rather than walk around in fear I believe we should all be more aware, more prepared by having a plan. I post an image above which I think is a good plan but it is not great. It is lacking. 

Let's jump in. First, "run/escape" is a good plan however in order to "run/escape" we need to know where we are going and we need to know how to get there. When we enter a store like Walmart we should take the time to observe where the exits are, while we are shopping we should consider how to get to those exits. "Run/escape" doesn't work if you don't know where you are going. The other thing is we need better awareness while we are in these types of spaces. We need to know where we are within spaces and we need to know who is around us and watch what others are doing. There is no need for paranoia or suspicion just active observation. 

Second, "hide" is good but know where you are hiding if you have to. Does your hiding space simply provide concealment or does it provide cover? Cover is better than conceal but you take what you can get when you can get it. Honestly, I believe find cover or conceal first is best, then access the situation and if it is safe then you "run/escape." 

Your last resort is to fight. The question then is do you have the skill set to keep yourself and your loved ones alive and well? One thing to remember is that firearms are dangerous but only when they are pointed at you or your loved ones. A knife attack is more dangerous because knives are up close and personal, you are going to get cut and they are dangerous in every direction. It doesn't matter if a knife is used in up/down motions, side to side or stabbing there is always a chance to take damage from one. 

In the end we have to remain as calm as possible, have an active plan for everywhere you go. Where can I hide? what's going on? am I able to run? What if I have my children with me? Can I still flee safely? Do I have to skills to engage if I have to? A few quick tips stay off your phone unless you have to while in open spaces, know where your escape is and the routes to get to them, start developing a skill set that deals with active shooters or terrorist attacks.

I am no expert on the subject but I have done some research and I practice active awareness when I am out in public.

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