What to do in an active shooter situation?

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:

  1. RUN:
  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Help others escape, if possible.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

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2 thoughts on “What to do in an active shooter situation?

  1. How about the TA do something useful, like letting the tenants know what they can do if someone attacks them with hockey sticks. There are so many things that the TA could and should be taking care of yet they continue to fail us day in and day out.

    The current TA leadership should be embarrassed, but it seems like they no longer have any shame. I don’t know how the former TA leaders that built this great organization have not spoken up regarding the things the current leadership has done to completely turn its back on the community.

    • I totally agree with you, Steve. We are more likely to be subjected to an assault such as the one with the hockey sticks or the one that happened a few months ago, when a young lady was assaulted by a man who tried to rape and murder her. Right underneath a security camera.

      We have very little security here and the stupid cameras either don’t work or are not watched. At best, they will help in identifying a perp AFTER the fact. And for the privilege of having all of this useless electronic surveillance, we are paying a hefty MCI. I can’t remember the last time I saw a PS officer patrolling the property, especially at night. They used to prowl in their vehicles and do walk-throughs of the buildings at night. Totally unheard of now.

      The TA hasn’t even addressed the latest assault and neither has Management. I have totally lost faith in the veracity of both the TA and Management. They talk up a good talk about how much they care, but actions (or in this case, inactions) speak louder than words.

      Btw, what happened to all the “Good Neighbor” rules that used to be posted everywhere? Maybe this is the one time Management is being honest by removing them because they certainly never enforced any of them.

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