MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s about knowing what to do in the first few seconds. Thursday night, Monson Police offered free training, teaching life-saving strategies in the moments after you find yourself in an active shooter situation.
Here’s an interesting fact that puts this in perspective: It takes law enforcement about 5-6 minutes to respond to an active shooter situation, but 60% of the time, those incidents are over by the time police get there.
Monson Schools Director of Transportation Michelle Loglisci told 22News the Sandy Hook shootings inspired the training class; “It gives students and staff more options in an event like this, and increases their survivability.”
Monson police advise you to do 1 of 3 things: hide, escape, or fight back. Hide somewhere away from the shooter, and barricade the door. “Wherever you go, when you walk in, look around and be aware of what your options are in the room for leaving,” Loglisci said. “Evacuate the area if you can, or barricading the room.”
Escape whenever you can, and take people with you, so long as they don’t slow you down. If there’s nowhere to run, fight back like your life depends on it
Monson police said be proactive. When you don’t have a plan, the shooter has the advantage.