Orlando, Fla.—We all know that feeling when you are inside Disney and somehow you forget all your worries. Don't you wish that one day, if not sooner, the rest of world could be just like that?
Tell us how you feel after the extremely sad recent events in a high school in South Florida. Do you have children? Are they in school ages? What needs to happen to take real steps to prevent this total madness? When are we going to have an honest conversation about these ongoing situations in our city, in our state, in our country and in the world?
Parkland, the city where this event occurred, was named Florida's safest city last year, according to one analysis. The south Florida city had seven reported violent crimes and 186 property crimes the previous year, the 2016 analysis by the Washington-based National Council for Home Safety and Security, said.
The council said it based on the rankings of a recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics combined with he city’s population data and research, but according to the media, the FBI strongly cautions against the use of crime report data to rank or compare jurisdictions. Varying explanations for crime levels, and the sometimes misleading, simplistic and incomplete analysis of those rankings is their primary concern.
The following are good practices for coping with an active shooter situation provided by the Department of Homeland Security:
RUN•HIDE•FIGHT — Apparently we are in need to start teaching our children this concept at early ages.
• Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
• Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit
• If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door
• If you are in a hallway, get into a room and secure the door
• As a last resort, attempt to take the active shooter down. When the shooter is at close range and you cannot flee, your chance of survival is much greater if you try to incapacitate him/her.
CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO!
People working in office need to be prepared as well. Survival odds depend on whether you have a plan or not.
Making a plan is crucial
• 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 exits anywhere you go, and have an escape path in mind & identify places you could hide.
• Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs.
It is also of great importance to be informed, some things you can do to stay abreast of these kind of incidents include:
• Signing up for an active shooter training.
• We have not stressed this enough —If you see something, say something to an authority right away.
• Sign up to receive local emergency alerts and register your work and personal contact information with any work sponsored alert system.
• Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
Also, did you know that during an emergency, alert and warning officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly?
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs), made available through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) infrastructure, are just one of the ways public safety officials can quickly and effectively alert and warn the public about serious emergencies.
What you need to know about the Wireless Emergency Alerts:
• WEAs can be sent by state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President of the United States.
• WEAs can be issued for three alert categories – imminent threat, AMBER, and presidential.
• WEAs look like text messages, but are designed to get your attention and alert you with a unique sound and vibration, both repeated twice.
• WEAs are no more than 90 characters, and will include the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, as well as the agency issuing the alert.
• WEAs are not affected by network congestion and will not disrupt texts, calls, or data sessions that are in progress.
• Mobile users are not charged for receiving WEAs and there is no need to subscribe.
• To ensure your device is WEA-capable, check with your service provider.
The following is Public Service Announcement about WEAs
View in FEMA Multimedia Library
ENJOY LIFE RESPONSIBLY!