Active shooter survival favors those prepared to react.
- Early awareness of an active shooter increases the margin of safety.
- A quick threat assessment increases your reaction time to escape.
- Moving away from the threat reduces your risk of harm.
- Develop an active shooter survival mindset and security plan.
- Our guest is a violence assessment expert James S. Cawood.
- He is President of Factor One.
Podcast Time Stamps:
[01:15] – Active shooter survival scenario.
[02:00] — What can you do to avoid being a victim.
[02:25] – Basic choices are to run, hide or fight.
[03:10] – Introduction of violence assessment expert James S. Cawood.
[05:10] — Beginning of active shooter survival discussion.
[05:25] – Active shooter mass murder at San Bernardino, California.
[05:45] – FBI study on mass murder in United States – 2000-2013.
[07:00] — Active dynamic violence prevention should be our focus.
[11:00]– Need for situational awareness training.
[11:30] – What does a gunshot sound like?
[12:40] – Active shooter survival key is awareness of the space.
[14:30] — Plan where to run for active shooter survival.
[16:40] – Only hide if no place to run for active shooter survival.
[20:00] – Active shooter survival in first fifteen minutes.
[20:40] – Distance and barriers matter to active shooter survival.
[21:50] – Hide behind bullet-resistant barriers to buy time.
[25:15] – Fight to incapacitate the active shooter.
[26:50] – Take Model Mugging training to experience a fight.
[28:45] – Active shooters picked soft targets so weapons haven’t mattered.
Active Shooter Survival Tips
- Develop your own active shooter survival security plan.
- Scan a room. Think about how would you escape from where you are right now.
- Come up with an active shooter survival plan for home, work, and places you routinely visit.
About our Guest James S. Cawood
- Jim Cawood is President of Factor One, a California corporation specializing in threat assessment and management, violence risk assessment, behavioral analysis, security consulting, and investigations for more than 25 years. He was also a police officer.
- He has successfully assessed and managed over 4500 violence-related cases throughout North America.
- Mr. Cawood is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University, and is a doctoral candidate in Psychology at Northcentral University.
- He has served on the faculties of Golden Gate University, in their Security Management degree program and the University of California, Santa Cruz extension, teaching Threat Management.
- Mr. Cawood is currently serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management (American Psychological Association) and is the former Association President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).
- Mr. Cawood has earned the Certified Protection Professional (CPP); Professional Certified Investigator (PCI); Physical Security Professional (PSP); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); Certified Security Professional (CSP); Certified Professional Investigator (CPI); and a Certified International Investigator (CII).
- He has written articles and book chapters for various professional publications including Security Management magazine, as the original author of A Plan for Threat Management (Chapter 40) of the Protection of Assets Manual; Chapters 24- Personnel Screening and Chapter 32- Arson, Sabotage, and Bomb Threats in the Accident Prevention Manual for Business & Industry- Security Management volume; Chapter 32- Security for Safety, Health, and Asset Protection: Management Essentials, 2nd Edition; and a co-authored chapter: Threat Management of Stalking Cases in The Psychology of Stalking: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives, published by Academic Press in 1998.
- Mr. Cawood coauthored a book, Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner’s Handbook, CRC Press 2003-the 2nd Edition having been published in January 2009; contributed to Ending Campus Violence: New Approaches to Prevention, by Brian Van Brunt, Routledge, August 2012; and contributed a chapter on Threat Assessment and Management to Applied Crime Analysis: A Social Science Approach to Understanding Crime, Criminals, and Victims, by Wayne Petherick, July 2014.
Active Shooter Survival Resources
- “Run. Hide. Fight.: Surviving an Active Shooter Event” is a Department of Homeland Security Grant Funded Project of the Regional Catastrophic Planning Initiative. Produced by the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Ready Houston, www.readyhoustontx.gov.
- Surviving an active shooter – LA County Sheriff (warning: graphic violence).
- Model Mugging website – Learn to defend yourself.
- Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner’s Handbook, CRC Press, Second Edition 2009.
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