How to Survive A Mass Shooting! From Dr. Ted Gambordella, a 10th degree black belt I am friends with. He wrote this and I feel like it could save lives. He posted this on Facebook.
1. Be aware immediately that something terrible is happening. When you hear the first shots don’t just stand there, immediately realize that something terrible is happening and begin to act and think about how and what you can do to survive. Don’t panic, be calm (as hard and as impossible this may seem). Your not panicking and trying to remain as calm as possible is your best chance of surviving. Your heart will be exploding and your breath will be short and fast, but you can, you can regain your composer and you can increase your chances of survival by being aware of something terrible happening and beginning your safety program.
2. Pick up something for protection and defense. A heavy book (a lot of murders have unfortunately happened at a school), or several heavy books. A book of 200 to 400 pages (like most college text books) will stop most small caliber weapons and certainly offer some form of protection. Put the book in front of your head and look to the sides quickly for room location and to locate the shooter. A pen, pencil, an umbrella, a bottle, a glass, a heavy object you can throw. These are all things that can be used. I am not saying they will save your life, but I am saying that having something in your hand for protection or attack is better than having nothing.
3. Look for an escape. This would obviously have been a better choice if done before the attack, but most people are simply afraid at most places they go and so they never take the time to look for an escape route before something happens. It would be a good idea to get into the habit of looking for an escape route when you enter any room, or building. When you are on an airplane they always tell you escape routes, and in schools they always practice fire drills and show escape routes, and all buildings have signed posted with escape routes. You can break out a window and jump, even from a 2nd or 3rd floor, you will get hurt from the jump, but your chances of survival are better from the jump and landing than taking a bullet in the head.
4. Look for cover if there is no escape. Hide under a desk, behind a door, in a closet and be prepared to move if the shooter gets closer. You can pile up chairs in front of you to give you some space and hopefully some ducking room. If you hide under a desk, you have to be prepared to attack his legs if he comes to the desk. If you hide in a closet, you need to be prepared to attack then he opens the door. You want to be beside the door and low, ready to spring into action, not cowering in the corner of the closet.
5. Attack the shooter. If you have time to get several people who also want to defend themselves you can quickly discuss your attack plan. You can form a circle and all attack at once. You can form a single line and rush at him that means the first person in the line will be the first shot, but that also means the others can do something, perhaps stop him, or escape. If you have a weapon, even a pen, or pencil attack his eyes and throat. Kick his groin and attack the back of his neck. I know your chances of beating a man with a gun and you have only got a pen are very poor, but trying is all you can do, and if enough of you try at the same time you will definitely stop the attack. A pistol can only have 9 to 15 bullets and that means that he can only shoot 9 to 15 times before reloading and that means if there are 25 or 35 or even more people who all attack at once, he will simply not be able to shoot them all without getting some harm done to him, and hopefully being stopped.
6. Have a plan. Reading this article will give you some ideas about what you can do in this situation. Going to a martial arts school or a self defense class will give you some training. Thinking in your mind about what you would do and how you could do it is making a plan. The point here is to at least have some idea about what you would do and what you could do. It is too late when you are at the scene of the shooting to start trying to think of a plan. Spend some time planning what you could and would do now and take some time to do some planning with your family about what they can do if they are in such a situation, or if they hear shots at their house, etc.
7. Move, move, move. Don’t stand there if you are trapped in the room, move your head and move your body. It is much harder to hit a moving target than a stationary one. I know this is a disturbing point, but it is a necessary point and I must make it. Do not lie on the ground if you see him start shooting people who are lying on the ground. If he has not shot anyone, and if he tells you to lie down, then you can do it and probably should do it, but when he starts putting bullets in their heads, don’t lie there and be next. I would rather be shot running around the room, than lying face down.