Following another mass shooting at a bar and grill in Thousand Oaks, California that killed 12 people, we reached out to local law enforcement to ask, ‘What, if anything, can we do to protect ourselves in an active shooter situation?’ The answer: think ahead, and remember Run, Hide, Fight.
Tazewell County Sheriff’s Deputy John Shallenberger passes on the following advice:
“Be prepared. Just like you would prepare for a fire, know your exits. When you go out to dinner, the movies, a concert, look around at the exits.”
He also says if you hear something that’s not normal, run away. If you can’t run out of the place, find somewhere to hide. Barricade yourself if you can. And, worst case scenario, fight back.
The Sheriff’s Office offers a training program called ALICE, where deputies teach safety plans to churches, schools, and businesses. ALICE stands for “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Escape.” For more on this program or to ask them to speak to your school or business:
John Shallenberger 309-478-5652, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich Brock 309-478-5651, email@example.com