SHERIDAN, Ind. (December 8, 2015)- Columbine, Sandy Hook, Aurora movie theater, Virginia Tech, San Bernardino: the list of mass shootings in the United States is a long one.
“We want people to know these events are survivable and the key to survival is going to be having a plan. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate plan, but simply knowing what your options are in that situation,” said Trooper John Perrine, with Indiana State Police.
Local law enforcement officers and some high schoolers are teaming up to show you what you can do to protect yourself in an active shooter situation.
The eight-minute reenactment video was filmed in Sheridan High School and has been shown all over the country during safety presentations.
Your first option is to run, but only if you know where the violence is and that you have a safe escape path.
“When we’re talking about the run option, we don’t want people to leave a place of security for an unknown but running and staying out of contact with the shooter is extremely important,” said Rich Hogue, ISP School Liaison.
If you don’t have a certain, secured escape path, your best option is to hide. Be smart about where you hide.
“Most importantly you have to put barricades between you and the violence, so lock the door and put anything that’s movable in front of the door to barricade it shut,” said Perrine.
While you’re locked in secured place, still be thinking of your last option, to fight.
“You have the right to fight for your life and that’s what we expect people to do,” said Trooper Perrine.
There’s a 5-12 minute time frame from when a shooter opens fire to when first responders arrive. Law enforcement officers don’t want people to panic, instead be prepared.
“It’s kind of scary these days having to prepare for things like this,” said Annie Fagen, a working mom who lives in Sheridan.
Another part of the safety program was prevention. Law enforcement officers are reminding people of the warning signs to look for in a potential suspect: fascination with mass shootings, depression, mental/emotional health issues, accumulation of weapons or a desire for revenge.