Confronting active shooters key to collective survival -- what you need to know

Confronting active shooters key to collective survival -- what you need to know

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Would you know what to do if you found yourself in an active shooter situation?

"You have to be mentally prepared to defend yourself." That's the advice from national security expert Tim Dimoff.

Dimoff says everyone who spends time in any type of work environment needs to go through what he calls a pre-program process, so that if you find yourself in an active shooter situation, and you have a chance to get out, you can act without thinking.

"Know where multiple exits are and entrances are, and know what your options are for getting out," Dimoff says, "If the shooting is not happening real close you need to know what your options are there."

No two active shooter situations are going to be the same, but research now shows, Dimoff says, that hiding or taking cover may not be your best option.

"We aren't hiding under tables and chairs anymore, we're throwing stuff, we're attacking, were defending, we're increasing our chances for survival," he says.

There are some options beyond a gun. Speak with your office manager, and ask about a paint ball type gun that can shoot debilitating hot pepper spray, or a coffee can size canister of pepper spray that can shoot up to 25 feet.

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