SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Active shooters and violent intruders affect millions of people in the U.S., such as the Las Vegas shooting or the Stoneman Douglas High shooting.
As part of the Missouri Association of Manufacturers safety conference, active shooter instructor Eric Schroeder gave a four-hour seminar about the best ways to survive a shooter situation.
Schroeder said the most important thing to remember during an active shooter situation is to run, hide, fight, in that order.
If you can get out, run.
If you can’t get out, hide and barricade yourself. Throw everything in the room in front of the door — chairs, cabinets, tables, everything.
And then as a last resort, fight.
“You have the right to fight for your life,” said Schroeder, “don’t just sit in a corner and wait for the bad guy to come get you, make it hard for him to kill you. Use whatever means necessary.”
He said whenever you go to a movie theater, restaurant, or anywhere, be mindful of where the exits are.
Mental toughness and awareness are important as well.
“People have the ability. All they have to do is just tell themselves ‘i can get out of this.’ And self-talk. Give yourself that motivation,” Schroeder said, “if you’re getting ready to run, it’s the fastest run you’ve ever done. If you’re getting ready to fight, you fight because you have that right to go home at night.”
Schroeder also reminds everyone to assume any sound that could be gunfire, to be gunfire.
He said you’d much rather laugh about running two miles away from fireworks than to assume it’s just fireworks and stay where you are.