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Avoid tragedy; be prepared for active shooter threats

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  • By Senior Airman Cierra Presentado
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
In the event of an active shooter, it is important for each individual to be prepared for any incident that may occur here.

In the past, there have been many active shooter incidents that have occurred around the world, such as those at Fort Hood, Texas, Virginia Technical Institute and the "Green-on-Blue" Afghan attacks on Coalition service members in Afghanistan. Military bases everywhere are working to raise awareness and help prevent causalities in case an active shooter emerges.

An active shooter is defined as an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people, most often in populated areas. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

In the event of an active shooter on Andersen, the base will go on lockdown. Upon lockdown, an announcement will be made across the base from an intercom voice system, as a security measure to confine and restrict movement. All individuals, to include military members, federal employees, contractors, family members or other people on the installation as guests, are required to restrict their movement when lockdown is declared. Entering and exiting a facility on base is prohibited until the all clear is broadcasted via the same means the warning was transmitted.

In the event of an active shooter, individuals should be aware of surroundings and any possible dangers. All nearest exits should be identified in every facility, and evacuation plans must be established in each workplace.

Individuals with family members are advised to develop a communications plan and ensure all family members know how to use it in the event the family gets separated.

An important tip for a person to remember during an active shooter situation is to remain calm and quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect lives.

If an individual is in the immediate incident area during an active shooter situation, he or she should evacuate the area, help others and when in a safe and secure area, immediately call 911.

If evacuation is impossible, immediately find a safe place to hide. Turn off all lights, block any entrance and remain quiet and calm until the proper authorities pronounce the area is clear.

People should never attempt to challenge an active shooter; however, as a last resort and only when life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter.

Use minimal force necessary to subdue the shooter, however, deadly force is authorized when an individual reasonably believes their life or others around them are in danger of death or serious bodily harm.

To help prevent an active shooter in the workplace, individuals are encouraged to keep a respectful atmosphere, be cautious of indications of violence and take the proper actions to ensure the situation does not escalate.

For more information on how to be prepared during an active shooter situation,  click here, contact the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, Emergency Management flight at 366- 3113 or email 36CES.CEX@us.af.mil.

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