One of the lessons from the recent shooting at the Anza Day Spa in Florida is something everyone needs to think about…the fact that it can happen anywhere at any time. As the link below points out, there is no ‘safe’ space. And because of that, you need to be always prepared to respond to a life-threatening situation.
Gil Ellifritz of Active Response Training has posted a very interesting article about the lessons learned and some thoughts on what you should be doing. I encourage you to read this article and give it some serious thought… http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/the-azana-day-spa-shooting
Take-a-ways From the Article
- There is no “safe” place. If you want to be able to defend yourself, you must be prepared at all times.
- Revenge isn’t the sole motive. It’s about notoriety and achieving lasting infamy. The killer needs a body count to get it.
- The killer started a fire as a distraction and likely tried to create an improvised explosive device using a propane tank. If you really want to be prepared for the active shooter event, you need to know a little about bombs and IEDs.
- The shooter hid his gun. Inappropriate or exceptionally heavy bags or luggage where they aren’t necessary should trigger your warning bells.
- Use a combination of tactics to escape. Keep yourself safe. Escape the building if you can. If you don’t have a good idea where the shooter is located and have a room that can be secured, barricading is a viable option.
- It can take a LONG time to completely clear a building. Study up on some battlefield medical references so you control serious bleeding when you need to and how to improvise both a pressure bandage and a tourniquet.
- Restraining orders sometimes provoke a violent response. Think carefully about the risks versus the benefits of filing court orders against violent family members. Be cautious if your friend, neighbor, or co-worker has recently filed such an order.
Pay attention to the recurring details of these tragic shooting events. We can learn from the mistakes of others.