With the Orlando nightclub shooting having dominated our media for the last several weeks; isn't it time that we examine our own survival skills? First Aid and CPR certification training is a great place to begin. Colorado Public Radio recently suggested that it may take first responders between seven and 15 minutes to respond to an emergency, while the vast majority of active-shooter events are over within five minutes.
The article further suggested that being able to treat yourself and others who are wounded is an important part of surviving an active-shooter situation. For example, Colorado Public Radio reiterated the importance of taking a basic trauma first-aid class which could include learning how to administer treatment to a wound or how to use a tourniquet.
Colorado Public Radio further asserted the importance of the following:
Knowing the location of the active shooter
Number of shooters
Physical description of shooters
Number and type of weapons held by shooters
Number of potential victims at the location.
These are all things to consider in order to ensure that we are "prepared".
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.