Expert Advice: Always identify your exits
SAN ANTONIO – Following the Las Vegas massacre Sunday, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office shared the importance of having a plan when going to large events, and most importantly knowing where the exits are.
“Your brain tells you that this is not happening it goes into denial. You hear the gunshots and you say "firecrackers?" that's denial and that can kill you,” said Deputy Chief, Harry Jimenez, with BCSO.
Jimenez also said to always be aware of your surroundings whether you're outside or inside an event venue.
“Where the shots are coming you're not going to know. But if you have a plan, and you identify where (you can take cover) where (you) can escape, it will save your life,” added Jimenez.
In case of a similar event here locally, Bexar County and San Antonio first responders are prepared to work together.
“We are in the process of having all of our deputies fully qualified, certified and trained. Level 1 alert. Level 1 response to an active shooter," added Jimenez.
Ryan Searles, an independent active shooter training in San Antonio, also shared with News 4 San Antonio how important is it to always be aware of your surroundings in general.
“When I train corporations and different schools and all sorts of stuff, I ask during class, who in here right now finds all their exits when you go out or when you go to eat or something like that and out of 100 people, maybe about 4 or 5 raise their hand. We really need to start being more proactive instead of reactive and start protecting ourselves,” said Searles.
BCSO offers training on Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE.) It's a free course where instructors provide class participants with an overview of Avoid, Deny, and Defend strategies.
For more information on the course, call CRASE at 210-335-6218.
Searles also offers training in San Antonio and surrounding areas. Call 210-885-6118 to book a session. You can also email him at Ryan.Searles@yahoo.com.