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Encouraging Families to Make Plans for Coping with Active Shooter Incidents

Encouraging Families to Make Plans for Coping with Active Shooter Incidents

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By Allison G.S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

Active shooter situations, unfortunately, have increased during the past few years. As a result, there have been numerous attempts to formulate how emergency managers and ordinary citizens should handle such scenarios, including new public health campaigns to improve responses to these violent events.

Campaigns such as the Stop the Bleed have helped civilians better handle hard-to-control bleeding, such as from gunshot wounds. The Kentucky State Police has trained students how to behave in active shooter situations. That public safety measure was important in saving lives during the recent school shooting at Marshall County High School.

Families Could Prepare for Active Shooter Situations by Making Communication and Meeting Plans

Active shooter situations are frightening and chaotic, and they are a difficult subject to discuss. There are numerous campaigns in the United States to help individuals understand how they should respond to violence in the schools and in the workplace. While no one wants to think about getting caught in a horrendous and potentially fatal situation, it is imperative that everyone should know how to react.

Families need to sit down and discuss how they might handle such a situation. They should talk about what they would do as individuals and as a family. They could map out ideas like communication methods and possible meeting places after a violent event occurs.

Ideally, emergency managers and public health officials need to promote these conversations. With careful planning, families can mitigate the chaos and panic caused should they become involved in an active shooter situation.

Allison G. S. Knox Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four Master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, History, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is also trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard and a Lifeguard Instructor. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and also serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.