Survivors Adopt A Deliberate, Emergency-Driven Mindset


Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival is consistent with previous attacks at “soft targets.” These "soft targets" include large public events, nightclubs, stadiums, concert halls and restaurants, as well as the gaps outside of security zones where crowds have gathered.

Although there is a low probability of being the victim of a terrorist attack, we recommend a review of active shooter response and crisis management procedures. While many people may find themselves in situations they cannot remedy, the ability to quickly comprehend sudden danger and think effectively is imperative in creating a margin of survivability.

If an Event Happens:

  • Recognize you are under attack and among a large group of people; there will be quick and chaotic reactions. Be smart about finding an exit and protecting yourself from the crush of a large crowd.

  • If you are in a safe place, stay where you are. Gather as much information as possible about the incident, listen to what authorities are saying and continuously assess the situation.

  • Be deliberate in your actions and evacuation — following the crowd may not be the best option.

  • Be creative; make your own path to safety and avoid the crowd to the extent possible.

  • If you are out in the open, find a place to shelter and gather information to assess the situation and identify the next best course of action.

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