Our hearts go out to the victims and families of the Santa Barbara shooting on Friday, May 24th. A twenty-two year old shooter went on a rampage in Isla Vista, Ca -where UCSB is located.  At the end of that rampage, seven people were dead, including the perpetrator and thirteen more were injured.  From all indications, this shooting was a premeditated act of murder and violence. And prior to the shooting there were clear warning signs of danger, that were misunderstood, or ignored.

No one thinks something this horrific will happen in our neighborhoods, at our businesses, or in our schools. But if a disturbed person does go on a shooting rampage, are you confident that your children will know what to do to maximize their chances of survival?

It’s already a “sad sign of the times”, school fire drills are being replaced by active shooter or intruder drills. At S4S, we know that knowledge trumps fear and panic, and enables our children to take life-saving action in many situations. We need to have consistent and comprehensive safety and disaster preparedness programs available in our community and to our schools.

It is essential that schools provide students with the practical training necessary to address violence and active shooters. Until that happens, here are some resources from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Attack Countermeasure Training (ACT CERT).

Below are videos with practical recommendations for responding to an active shooter situation