How to Be Safe If You’re Caught in a Mass Shooting (Part I)

The sad reality is that mass shootings are happening more often and we need to be prepared on how to react if we’re ever unfortunate enough to be the victims of one.

In a perfect world, no one doesn’t have to worry about the threat of violence when they go to school, to the mall, to work, take public transit, or just about anywhere else. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world. The least we can do, among providing tips to help you make the most of your life, is to help you sustain it in an emergency.

While we’re referring specifically to mass shootings, like the ones that happen practically every week in America, there’s no reason that you can’t apply this sort of information to any other violent disturbance. In China, for instance, over 25 individuals died and over 100 were injured in a gruesome and coordinated knife attack in Kunming.

Mass violence can take place anywhere, and the weapons of choice can be any form. The aim here isn’t to discuss a certain type of attack necessarily, but to give you practical tools you can use to keep your loved ones and yourself safe just in case violence breaks out anywhere near you.

This is practical guidance any ordinary citizen can keep in the back of their head if something does go wrong and you’re caught in the middle of a mass shooting or other violent situation. Below is what you need to know.

Psychology Is a Formidable Foe

In any emergency situation, particularly if your life is at risk, a calm head is your best asset. That can be tricky since our instincts have been honed over tens of hundreds of years to warn us of danger and get us out of life-threatening scenarios. When you sense danger, your fight-or-flight response goes into high gear, and the parts of your brain responsible for logic and higher thinking starts to go on standby.