Updated: Jul 5
“The U.S. is averaging more than 1 mass shooting per day in 2023”
The new year has just begun, and the U.S. continues to experience a horrific wave of violence across its schools.
This is unacceptable. People should be able to feel safe in their school, work, and any other everyday area.
Stay safe by following these guidelines: (provided by FEMA)
Stay alert. Always be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
If you see something, say something to local authorities. That includes suspicious packages, people behaving strangely, or someone using strange communications.
Observe warning signs. Signs might include unusual or violent communications, substance abuse, expressed anger, or intent to cause harm. These warning signs may increase over time.
Have an exit plan. Identify exits and areas to hide wherever you go, including work, school, and special events.
Learn lifesaving skills. Take training and first aid to assist the wounded before help arrives.
Seek safety. Getting away from the attacker is the top priority.
Cover and hide if you can’t evacuate.
Fight only as a last resort. When you can’t run or take cover, attempt to disrupt the attack or disable the attacker.
Take care of yourself first. Then, if you are able, help the wounded get to safety and provide immediate care.
Keep hands visible and empty.
Report to designated areas.
Follow law enforcement’s instructions and evacuate in the direction they tell you to go. Listen to law enforcement for information about the situation. Share updates as you can with family and friends.
Keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Stay aware of any possible dangers.
(2022). Before, During and After: Staying Safe in Public Spaces. FEMA.
(2023). Mass Shootings 2023. Gun Violence Archive.
(2023). The US is averaging more than 1 mass shooting per day in 2023. TODAY.