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


After the Situation is Over

Once the area is secure, police will most likely organize an evacuation, while EMTs or other authorities will come in to see who might be injured or unable to leave on their own. Like mentioned earlier, the whole situation might have you stuck in a room somewhere, far away from whatever possessions you might have had with you at the time, and probably way away from loved ones or friends who might have been separated from you at the time.

Depending on the scale and size of the situation, you might not even be approached by the police. If you aren’t, and you have to follow up, go to an officer and make yourself available. Let them know you want to help, but you also left some personal items behind, and that now’s not the time, you’d like to follow up with someone when everything is settled.

Workplace or School

If it’s a workplace or school, your stuff will possibly be where you left it. If it’s a public place like a park or mall, pay attention to the news. You might hear there first when the place re-opened and where to go for more information. Don’t underestimate the value of social media here. Local governments, law enforcement, and malls and shopping centers all use it.

Being involved in mass shootings can be taxing on your mental health.

Finally, don’t overlook the emotional and mental stress that being in a violent situation can have on you, or on your loved ones, particularly if they’re children. Be sure to seek out the right medical help for any injuries you could have. If there’s counseling available to people affected, take advantage of it. Don’t just try to power through it. Talk to someone, even if it’s a professional.

Hopefully, you won’t ever need any of this advice. Though, violence is a fact of life. If you find yourself caught up in it, paying attention to your surroundings and calm nerves can go a long way to keeping you safe.