Members of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad have undergone training to respond quickly to Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs). Here are some tips for protecting yourself and loved ones if you’re faced with a situation involving an active shooter:
RUN – If there’s an escape path, attempt to evacuate. Leave your belongings behind and help others escape if possible. Prevent others from entering the area, and call 9-1-1 when you’re safe.
HIDE – If you can’t evacuate, hide. Lock or block the door. Silence your cell phone, hide behind large objects and remain very quiet.
FIGHT – As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Act with aggression, improvise weapons and commit to your actions.