Columbus Security Explains How to Protect Yourself During a Shooting
We’ve all heard the horror stories. It was just a normal day out. Maybe you were shopping at the mall, maybe out at the park, maybe busy studying in the school library. All of a sudden, you hear a sharp pop ring out, breaking the easy silence. Chaos ensues, people are running for their lives. You got out alive, but several people were injured. And one died.
Shootings are a serious problem in America, one that people are at a loss of how to remedy. The effects of being caught in a public shooting extend from the physical and into the psychological. Many people who experience the event have lasting anxiety that affects their day-to-day life. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, one third of adults say they are afraid to go to certain places for fear of reliving the event.
As a result, the members of Columbus security are giving people advice as to how to properly react to a shooting in a public setting. During a life-or-death situation, it’s common for many people to initially panic. Columbus Security Expert Dustin Randall states that
If we don’t have that plan, and we’ve never thought about what it is we are going to do, we are going to hesitate, and we are going to freeze.
Randal states that the first course of action should be to get into cover if you can’t find an exit route, as well as to put as much distance between you and the shooter as possible.
Additionally, advances in technology are being made to track shooters while there is a shooting in progress. People with available cell phones will be able to keep track of where the shooter is at all times to better avoid them and find a safe exit route. Although this doesn’t reduce the risk of shootings happening, with these methods in place, we may be able to reduce the risk of casualties during shootings should the situation arise.