Special Thanks to Officer Mack with the Petersburg Police Department for his exceptional presentation at our August Coffee Chat.

Special Thanks to Officer Mack with the Petersburg Police Department for his exceptional presentation at our August Coffee Chat and for the valuable information he shared to help keep us safe in the event of an active shooting in our community or workplace.

He explained, that having a plan in place for an active shooting situation could be the key to survival. Develop a plan in your place of business and practice it on a regular basis. He described the three main points this plan should contain:

Run– if you can get out of harm’s way safely, do so immediately and encourage others to leave with you. Call 911 after you are safely away from the situation.

Hide– if you cannot get out, find a place to hide, turn off lights, lock the door and quiet cell phone ringers to make the room look deserted, conceal yourself behind furniture and block the door if possible.

Fight– fight the shooter only as a last resort, work with others and act with aggression using any means available to disarm the shooter and do whatever you can to survive.