Survival Guide: How to Survive an Active Shooter Part 1
We live in dire times. The economy on the brink of collapse, a nation politically and racially divided, mass shootings in shopping malls and movie theaters. It's starting to look like America is becoming a 3rd world country.
If you are reading this post, then you have already realized that it is time to start thinking about times less plentiful. But I wanted to change up the conversation just a little.
It pains me to say, that in these dark times, the chances of being a victim of an active shooter is much higher than I am comfortable with. With that in mind, I want to discuss what strategies we can employ to increase our odds of surviving such a frightening situation. The information provided here is my interpretation of Clint Emerson's best selling book 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation
In his book, Clint Emerson first explains the difference between "concealment" and "cover". It is vitally important, in an active shooter scenario, to understand the difference here.
Concealment is something that blocks the line of sight between you and the shooter, but it DOES NOT provide protection from flying bullets.
A few examples of concealment would be a sheetrock wall, a trashcan on the sidewalk, trunk end of a vehicle or a couch.
Cover serves the same purpose as concealment, with the added advantage of stopping bullets.
A few examples of cover would be a marble pillar or column of a building, a concrete flower planter or the engine end of a vehicle.
Dense wood, stone or concrete and steel are the best materials at stopping bullets.
When bullets start flying, the chances of survival will be determined by split-second decisions. So knowing ahead of time what types of material makes for good cover could just save your life.