Survive Active Shooter Events For Civilians
Why Mental Preparation, Pre-Incident & Aftercare is Essential to Survive Active Shooter Events for Civilians
The following is a blog written by our very own Critical Incident Trauma Specialist, Cody Ann Cook. See what a true expert has to say about the aftercare of an active shooter incident and why it is important to remember that these incidents are not over once a shooter has been stopped.
When one trains for combat in the military or for street survival in law enforcement, there is a term that refers to this training: Mental Set. This pertains to the mental attitude and training pre-incident for survival; “I won’t quit, loose, or die” attitude, or Mental Set as well as the confidence to carry this out. How would one condition themselves for such responses? By training your thought process, assessment, and reactions with table top exercises provided by Countermeasure Consulting Group, LLC. By exercising this type of thought process in order to get your winning mental set, it becomes an auto-response, auto-pilot, or muscle-memory, where the training becomes ingrained and conditioned resulting in intrinsic (deep rooted) reactions to trauma, stress, and critical incidents. A critical incident is an incident that is overwhelming, threatening, terrifying, disgusting, or an unusually challenging event that overwhelms ones coping capabilities and cause significant, sometimes debilitating human distress. This distress is called a psychological crisis. By training for critical incidents, active shooter events, natural disasters, fire drills, and acts of terrorism, this allows one to mitigate psychological crisis. By training/ conditioning your reactions & reaction time, you can have a sub-conscious response, which allows the most efficient function when adrenaline is pumping in the body during high stress situations…click here to continue.