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November 16, 2017

GBTA Offers Tips on How to Respond to Active Shooters

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With the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 59 and wounded more than 500 others making active shooter situations top of mind for many meeting planners, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has released a series of tips on how to respond to such situations. 

The definition of an active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, the GBTA said. As the shooting from the Las Vegas hotel began, some people initially thought the gunfire was actually the sound of fireworks going off. Others ran or took cover, jumping over fences and hiding behind walls to attempt to flee and guard themselves from the shooter.

Knowing that an active shooter situation can arise while traveling home or abroad, everyone should have an idea of how best to respond during an active shooter situation, the GBTA said.

What should you do when there’s an active shooter situation?

According to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center (ALERRT) Program at Texas State University, in the event of an active shooter, people should “avoid, deny and defend” if possible.

  • AVOID: Avoid the shooter by initiating a plan to exit the area quickly.
  • DENY: Make your location not easily accessible. This can be by creating a barrier to block the shooter, or becoming inconspicuous.
  • DEFEND: As a last resort, defend against the attacker. This is a last effort for survival.

In addition to this, people should remain vigilant in all situations; i.e., being aware and alert of their surroundings, identifying nearby exits and backup exits when arriving at a location, remaining alert should something go amiss during an event (for example, if the music stops in the middle of a concert), and listening to first responders’ instructions to safely escape the emergency situation.

Source: GBTA

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