Saturday, February 01, 2014

training everyone should be aware

In an environment where gun violence is increasing I wanted to share that resources are available to address what to do to give yourself the best chances to survive.  DHS/FEMA has made some resource information available.   The following is not a happy subject but I'd like to think it should be part of our general awareness, and as automatic as "stop, drop, and roll" when someone (or yourself) is on fire.   Please check it out yourself before unleashing on others, particularly kids.

From if you search for "web based training" and search on the results for "active shooter" a course comes up IS-907 -- searching a bit more here is where the course is available:    On the right hand side menu, there is a box for "Take This Course" and below that, handouts for instructors as well as students.   There is also an option to "Take Final Exam" which we hope does not involve being in an actual scenario.

There are many training organizations and videos online for what to do in the event of an "active shooter" in your environment (school ?  shopping mall ?  workplace ?), but some can lean toward extreme positions -- this one from FEMA seems among the level-headed that are available.
From the web site:

IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do
Course Date  10/31/2013*

*This course has been reviewed for doctrine related changes and therefore is dated October 31, 2013. We recommend that you review the contents of the course and look over the updated materials. If you have already passed the exam for this course, you are not required to complete the exam again in order to be current in your training by FEMA EMI records. If you choose to retake the exam, your completion certificate will reflect the date of your first completion, not the date that you retake it.

Course Overview
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.

All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation.

This course is not written for law enforcement officers, but for non-law enforcement employees. The material may provide law enforcement officers information on recommended actions for non-law enforcement employees to take should they be confronted with an active shooter situation.
Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:
  1. Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials.
  2. Recognize potential workplace violence indicators.
  3. Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.
  4. Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

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