Wednesday, March 7, 2018

"Active Shooter": A Handy Online Pamphlet from the Friendly Folks at the Dept. of Homeland Security (FEMA)

"Active Shooter": Handy Hints from the Dept. Of Homeland Security 

Compiled & Edited by David Hartley Mark 

NOTE: Excerpts in quotation marks are taken from the "Active Shooter" web page of FEMA, your Dept. Of Homeland Security. 

  1. "Be informed: Sign up to receive local emergency alerts & register your work and personal contact information with any work sponsored (sic) alert system 
Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers." 

In particular, be aware of how your State and Federal Government are totally enslaved to the National Rifle Association (NRA). This is not a "possible danger," but an actual one. 

  1. "Make a Plan: Make a plan with your family, and ensure everyone knows what they would do, if confronted with an active shooter. 
Look for the two nearest exists anywhere you go, and have an escape plan in mind & identify places you could hide. 
Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs." 

What should your family do? Hide? Scream? Dial 911 (No; FEMA states that you should run and escape first, so put the dog down. Also, abandon Grandpa in the wheelchair, if saving him will expose you to danger. What plans apply to mentally or physically incapacitated people or family members? 

If you are entering a particular building or locality for the first time, be sure to walk around and find hiding places, emergency exits, possible weapons (see below), or places to just sit down and cry, praying that the Shooter does not find you, especially if they are carrying an automatic weapon, or even a semi.  

  1. "RUN and escape, if possible. Leave your belongings behind and get away. Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow. Call 911 when you are safe, and describe shooter, location, and weapons." 

Should you be carrying a firearm yourself, be certain to take out the Shooter. If this is not possible, and he is a better shooter than you, please accept the thanks of a Grateful Country for your self-sacrifice.  

The president may possibly come to your funeral, if he is not golfing.  

  1. "HIDE, if escape is not possible. Get out of the shooter's view and stay very quiet. Silence all electronic devices and make sure they won't vibrate. Don't hide in groups—spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the shooter. Try to communicate with police silently. Use text message or social media to tag your location, or put a sign in a window." 

Suggested text for Sign in Window: Why was this person allowed to acquire a weapon? Or, worse, why are there so many death-dealing weapons out there? And where, exactly, did you get the materials to make a sign, and a window facing the Police to put it in? 

  1. "FIGHT as an absolute last resort. Commit to your actions and act as aggressively as possible against the shooter. Recruit others to ambush the shooter with makeshift weapons like chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc. Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the shooter. Throw items and improvise weapons to distract and disarm the shooter." 

The president may possibly come to your funeral, if he is done golfing. 

"AFTER: Keep hands visible and empty. Take care of yourself first, and then you may be able to help the wounded before the first responders arrive.  

"Consider seeking professional help for you and your family to cope with the long-term effects of the trauma." 

Don't waste your time contacting your legislators; they all pimped themselves out to the NRA long ago.  
If the Shooting Incident was in a school, it will not be the last. Again, see above for why you should not bother contacting the Government. 

If you are a Person of Color, your chances of being shot by Law Enforcement are increased. Sorry.  

The president may not come to your funeral; it's a lovely day for golf. 


Active Shooter. (n.d.) Retrieved from