How to Stay Safe During A Drive-By Shooting
This week Alon Stivi, Founder and Developer of ACT Cert and Director of Safety4Students covers how to stay safe during a drive by shooting.
Many schools are in proximity to a busy street or near a highway. The danger of drive by shooting from street gangs or a nearby freeway is real. To stay safe, it is imperative that pedestrians know what to do when gunfire erupts.
What To Do Before
Note of items you could use as cover.
Stay away from windows and glass doors.
Stay next to or near cover whenever possible.
Avoid huddling together in large groups in open area.
Never run toward the sound of gunfire to see what is happening.
What To Do During
If in the open drop to the ground immediately.
Seek immediate cover if it is available nearby.
Look around to determine the shooter’s position.
Never move from a cover unless you have another to go to.
When running for cover keep the shooter in your line of sight.
Run in the opposite direction than the shooter’s vehicle is moving.
It's important to remember that drive by shootings happens quickly and do not last more than a few seconds. To stay safe, you must stay out of the shooter’s line of sight just long enough until they speed away.