Preparing for the worst: What to do in an active shooter situation

Preparing for the worst: What to do in an active shooter situation

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Mass shootings have become a disturbing trend across the country, but have you ever considered what you would do in an active shooter situation?
While some might say it could never happen to them, thinking through a plan could be the difference between life and death.

"We should be prepared for those things. Just a little bit of preparation can go a long way," said WTOC Safety and Security Expert Gary Glemboski.
He says there are three things you can do in an active shooter situation. The first, and best, option is to run.
"Just leave. Whatever it takes, just find the nearest exit and get out of the building. Leave everything that you've got there.Don't worry about taking anything or anybody else with you. Just warn everybody and leave," said Glemboski.

If for some reason you can't escape, the next best option is to secure the room you're in.

"Lock the doors and try and barricade the doors with whatever you can, chairs, tables, filing cabinets. Whatever's there," he said.

Glemboski says shooters don't tend to bother with locked doors. They usually look for easier targets.

He also recommends hiding in corners of the room, where you're not directly in front of a door or window.

"Worst and last case scenario, if a shooter gets into the room, then you have to deal with that however way you can, with whatever's available - anything from water bottles to coffee mugs - and you have to be ruthless when you do that," Glemboski said.

Some might be quick to say it's paranoid or fear-mongering, but for Glemboski - a former Marine who spent 24 years as a SWAT officer - if a little planning can save your life, it's worth it.

"We have fire extinguishers in our homes, in our schools, and our businesses. We carry a spare tire in the trunk of our car. We don't plan on there being a fire or having a flat tire, but yet we carry spares and are prepared to deal with those situations," he said. "So I don't know why it would be any different to prepare for situations that are obviously occurring."
Glemboski says it's also important to establish an emergency plan with your family, that way everyone's on the same page in the event of a crisis.

He suggests making small changes in your habits to start. Again, it's not about being paranoid but increasing your awareness.
For more information on classes Glemboski offers, click here.

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