From the Pastor: Responding to an Active Shooter Situation – November 2017


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From the Pastor,

Another mass shooting. Another tragic loss of several lives. When is something going to be done? When is someone going to take at least a first step? Or, do we just “shake our heads” and conclude “such is life”? What would Christ do?

Some people have expressed concern about an active shooter within church, should one arise. What would be a proper response to an active shooter situation?

While most responses to a shooter are common sense reactions, there are some actions that can be taken to minimize the risk of becoming a victim:

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. If an unrecognized visitor comes into the church carrying a bulky backpack or wearing an unusually heavy coat during a warm period, alert someone around you of your concerns. Call 911 if needed.
  2. If an active shooter is in the building, immediately exit the nearest door if possible. Call 911. If not possible, barricade oneself in a room and stay quiet.
  3. If caught in the presence of an active shooter and cannot escape to a safe area, squat or lie on the floor behind a piece of furniture. Be still and quiet. Lie “feet first” to the shooter to minimize bodily exposure.
  4. Actively resist shooter ONLY if opportunity is available.
  5. If local police authorities enter the building, remain still until given further instructions. Do not stand up or move suddenly until area is clear.
  6. Once a situation is resolved, stay on property until police authorities release witnesses.

While none of us expect to ever be caught in an active shooter situation, one never knows for sure in today’s violent world. In the meantime, as when entering a plane, we should all take a moment to examine our surroundings and determine our course of action should something unfortunate occurs. Let’s pray not!

Pastor Rene’