Most of the time, this publication is devoted to how to protect and grow your wealth. Yet given we are just a few days removed from the worst mass shooting in American history, I thought another type of protection message might be in order.
The fact is that acts of violent crime, terrorism and mass shootings are a reality that can happen to any of us at virtually any time, any place.
Yes, the odds of you being in some kind of violent situation, and particularly an active shooter situation, are infinitesimal. However, that doesnâ??t mean it canâ??t happen to anyone at any time.
Reality is what it is, regardless of how we might want it to be. That means we must be aware of how to deal with reality when it turns violentâ?¦ especially given the potentially catastrophic consequences.
So, what must you do to maximize your chances of survival?
Well, there are many specific recommendations given by law enforcement officials on what to do, and many of them are certainly good. For example, officials will tell you to have an escape plan mapped out whenever you go to a public place. Theyâ??ll also tell you to be aware of your surroundings, and to report anything strange or seemingly out of the ordinary.
According to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center, or ALERRT, in an active-shooter situation you should employ three rulesâ?¦ â??avoid, deny and defend.â?ť
The first rule is to avoid the attacker by creating that aforementioned escape plan, which also means moving away from the threat as quickly as possible. Next, you need to denyÂ the shooter access to your location. That means taking measures such as putting up barriers to block doors, turning off the lights inÂ a venue or taking hardened cover.
As for the third rule, defend, thatâ??s where the real action and preparation need to take place.
According to Dr. Peter Blair, the executive director of ALERRT and a criminal justice professor at Texas State University, when it comes to defending against an attacker,
â??Do not fight fairly. This is about survival.â?ť