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by Cody Robert Judy, Presidential Candidate, ©2015

(Dec. 4, 2015) — There is no question in the minds of those in San Bernardino, California of the terror which they faced. We can all imagine, long rifles, pistols, body armor, masks and the sounds of it all erupting in a confusing intrusion of terror with no warning, no demands, no questions. Is this a drill of some kind? Did I miss the memo of what law enforcement has specified in drills as an “ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING EXERCISE”.

I do remember the evacuations drills for earthquake preparedness in school, but do not ever recall an Active Shooter Evacuation Drill or any instructions on how to handle that in any school I attended. Lucky for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD) they were participating in just that drill  November 27th, 2015 at Victor Valley College. Just five days before and forty (40) miles north of the San Bernardino slaying of 14 and wounding of another 21 people, by two active shooters shot dead in a hot pursuit.

It has only been since 2008 that Active Shooter Drill recommendations begin finding there way into Business Preparedness models the same year Obama entered the White House. In 2013 an interagency Group led out of the White House put together recommendations in a health care facility. According to HPH Partnership Active Shooter Planning and Response in Healthcare January 2014 Report Government has understood that violence against the innocent patience in healthcare settings needed attention. From that Council and Directive:

“Active shooter events in a healthcare setting present unique challenges: a potentially large vulnerable patient population, hazardous materials (including infectious disease), locked units, special challenges (such as weapons and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines (these machines contain large magnets which can fire a weapon or remove it from the hands of law enforcement, as well as caregivers who can respond to treat victims.

You might say it was right on time, however the question remains – In knowing this since 2008 when Barack Obama begin his first term, why haven’t protections within the HPH risen for a FLASH DEFENSE of the innocent?

In the guideline titled RESPONDING TO AN ACTIVE SHOOTER: “There are three basic options: run, hide, or fight. You can run away from the shooter, seek a secure place where you can hide and/or deny the shooter access, or incapacitate the shooter in order to survive and protect others from harm.’

‘Respond Immediately It is not uncommon for people confronted with a threat to first deny the possible danger rather than respond. An investigation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (2005) into the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, found people close to the floors impacted waited longer to start evacuating than those on unaffected floors . Similarly, during the Virginia Tech shooting, individuals on campus responded to the shooting with varying degrees of urgency. These studies highlight this delayed response or denial. For example, some people report hearing firecrackers, when in fact they heard gunfire.

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