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What should I do if I’m a situation like Las Vegas?
There are many potential variables when it comes to mass shootings and violence in public and home environments; but the actions you can take to help ensure the safety of you and your loved ones are the same.
Gary N. Benefield, retired law enforcement and military counter-terrorism specialist is an instructor of self-protection classes and recently shared insights to surviving incidents.
Identify entrances and exits.
Before you enter an event, it is a good idea to establish a safe meet-up place, like a café down the street if separated for any reason. Identify primary and secondary exits, other than the entry location (which may be crowded as most people exit the way they came in AND it may become a “kill zone” for attackers.
Identify “kill zones”
Identify potential kill zone areas – narrow areas for entrance and exit, open areas without cover and concealment. Remember – cover areas stop projectiles, concealment areas do not, even though you may be hidden. Get down near a barrier, wall or other obstruction between you and the source of the danger. Do not put your head up to look for the shooter, look for clues that would indicate direction. Observing other’s responses and projectile strikes may have some indication.
On one occasion, a round was fired and went between my son and myself. We hit the ground behind cover and the way the sound traveled gave us the shooter’s location 200 yards away.
Get out of the shooter’s line of vision.
If you can get out of the shooter’s line of site, your chances of survival goes up dramatically. The best concealment is behind a structure that will stop a projectile. Seeking cover is crucial, get behind anything that’s going to stop bullets: vending machine, curb, or concrete barrier or pillar.
If you’re in an area where you’re trapped, like an office, try to deny access to your location by closing, locking, and barricading the door.
If you have to move, stay low to the ground and zigzag.
It is important to constantly assessed – if an opportunity for escape presents itself – move fast, low, and zigzag.
Stay off your phone.
You phone rings, you try to take a picture, you try to call – you may compromise you position or expose yourself and become a victim.
Last resort – defend yourself
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Evaluate your liability.
The same will occur if a firearm is lost or stolen and used by a criminal. Law enforcement and other criminal and civil action may result.
Sonic Food Chain Breached – Impact Remains Unknown
In September, various entities were breached, including Equifax, the SEC, even the fast-food chain Sonic. In mid-September five million of credit and debit card numbers were loaded to the dark web. It is believed, some if not all of, these numbers came from a breach within Sonic’s payment systems. Experts believe these numbers were obtained by Sonic’s payment system because two different batches of these numbers were recently used at various Sonic’s throughout the nation.
Sonic has over 3,900 stores in 45 different stores. If their entire payment system was breached, that could mean victims across the nation. However, at this time, the stores impacted have not been identified. The company made the following statement to Krebs on Security,
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“The security of our guests’ information is very important to SONIC. We are working to understand the nature and scope of this issue, as we know how important this is to our guests. We immediately engaged third-party forensic experts and law enforcement when we heard from our processor. While law enforcement limits the information we can share, we will communicate additional information as we are able.”