How do you survive an active shooter? - WNEM TV 5

How do you survive an active shooter?

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Tragedy struck again in the form of a mass shooting at a community college in Oregon.

But what can we do if something like that played out here? Security expert Tom Mysenberge provided some answers.

Mynsberge is president of Critical Incident Management. He's spent fourteen years working with schools and government entities on how to handle an active shooter incident.

"I would advocate if we can to secure. That would be hide, secure, barricade. Put stuff between you and bad things that are happening," Mynsberge said. "You know if somebody wants to hurt you make them work to get to you."

Mynsberge said the best way to survive is to have a plan in place and be vigilant no matter where you go. Know beforehand if you are going to hide, run, or fight.

"Don't stand there and let yourself be a victim and think of your three options and then try to figure out what you're going to do from that option," Mynsberge said.

Mynsberge said if you decide to fight, make sure you quickly identify potential weapons perhaps a chair, a hammer, anything you can find.

Understand that if you confront an armed gunman, you must win it at all cost meaning you might have to kill to survive.

"At that point you fight like it is life on life," Mynsberge said.

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