Officials urging families to practice preparedness

June 26th, 2018

June is National Safety Month

 FORT WAYNE, Ind. (June 26, 2018) – As active shooter incidents continue to rise, it is more important than ever to know how you and your family would respond.

According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security, active shooters choose victims at random.  Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.  Homeland Security officials say if you encounter an active shooter:

  1. RUN (escape if possible)
    • Have an escape route/plan in mind
    • Once you have escaped, if law enforcement is present, put down anything you’re holding, raise your hands, spread fingers apart, and keep hands visible at all times.  Follow all orders police give you.
  2. HIDE (if escape is not possible)
    • Block entry to your hiding place, lock doors & silence your cell phone
  3. FIGHT (only as a last resort)
    • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter

You should also call 911 when it is safe to do so.  When calling 911 during an active shooter situation, you should give the location of the shooter and how many shooters, share any physical description of what the shooter(s) look like, how many and what kinds of weapons he/she is using, and how many potential victims are at the location.

In an active shooter situation, law enforcement’s first priority is to remove the threat.  That means you and other victims would need to help give aid to the wounded.  “Stop the Bleed” is a national campaign launched by the White House in 2015.  “Stop the Bleed” is still an active campaign, and there are organizations locally that offer this free bystander training to any person or community group.  The mission of Stop the Bleed is to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before medics arrive to the scene (especially important in active shooter situations).

You can stop the bleed and save a life by:

  1. Call 911
  2. Apply pressure with hands
  3. Apply dressing and press
  4. Apply tourniquet(s)

Residents may access Homeland Security’s educational “Stop the Bleed” infographic here:

Note: In Indiana, residents may text information to the number “911” if it’s unsafe to make a telephone call.  Calling 911 should always be your first option, but for times when it’s unsafe to speak, or for those who are unable to speak, texting a message to 911 is an option.