FBI agent shares tips at ST-PCV TA meeting
On July 18, The Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association hosted an active shooter preparation presentation, held at Podell Auditorium of Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center.
The presentation was made by Special FBI Agent Jin Kim.
Here’s a rundown of the 75-minute discussion, courtesy of ST-PCV Tenants Association President Susan Steinberg:
While Special Agent Kim described in depth many practices for coping with an active shooter situation, a situation no one thinks will happen to them, in brief:
- Have an escape route and plan in mind.
- Leave your belongings behind
- Help others escape, if possible.
- HIDE if evacuation is not possible.
- Get out of the active shooter’s view.
- Try to prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place: barricade the door with heavy furniture and/or attach special devices to secure the lock.
- Silence your cell phone and/or pager.
- Dial 911 if you can talk, text 911 if you can’t to alert police to the active shooter’s location.
- FIGHT as a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger by:
- Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her
- Throwing items and improvising weapons (such as a fire extinguisher)
- If you are at point blank range, grab gun behind barrel, try shaking it from shooter’s hand and yell like hell.
If you are hurt and bleeding, don’t wait for medical help; drag yourself out to a safe location so you don’t bleed to death. When law enforcement arrives, their purpose is to locate and stop the active shooter as soon as possible; they will not stop to help injured persons.
It’s hard to imagine ever needing to put into play the practices the audience learned, but it’s guaranteed that attendees now have greater awareness – the open door to survival.