More Live Shooter or Terrorist Attacks?
When statistics show an increase in just about anything, we always have to question whether the numbers are higher because they truly are, or because reporting has gotten better.
In the case of live shooter or terrorist attacks, it seems that both are at play. That is, there are more incidents. And the reporting, almost instantaneous, is now “enhanced” by graphic video taken by security cameras or by people at the scene and shown over and over again on television and other media.
Here at Emergency Plan Guide, we can’t ignore this trend. In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2013 study clearly shows it.
According to this FBI study, in 2000-2013 there was one live shooter event every three weeks.
How many incidents need to be added to this chart for 2014 and so far in 2015??
Emergency Plan Guide Co-Author Joe Krueger has written a special report on this topic. Part One, published today, is entitled:
“What are the chances of you being involved?”
Part Two will be appearing in a week or so. It will focus on Workplace Violence. With over 2 million incidents a year, this is something that many more of us run the chance of being involved in.
But that’s next week. While we wait for Part Two, please take the time to read Part One of the Special Report.
It starts with some observations about the recent heroic actions taken by the Americans on the train headed to Paris.
They were certainly inspiring, but before you think that they could easily be replicated, read Joe’s perspective on the event. (You may not realize that he was trained in counter-terrorism, and although it hasn’t been his career, that’s not information or sensitivity that you lose.)
What can you do to protect yourself?
As always, Emergency Plan Guide is looking for sensible, do-able actions we can all take to improve our chances of surviving a disaster, whether natural or man-made.
We do not advocate arming more citizens; the thought of having untrained, aggressive or worse, terrified, gun-toters anywhere near us is repugnant.
But we do believe that taking time to mentally prepare before anything happens will give you a much better chance of making the right snap decision if it becomes necessary.
To that end, the report recommends two inexpensive books that we think make sense for our readers.
Head over to Joe’s report and read it. Here’s the link again: Special Report: Live Shooter and Terrorist Attacks
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