CRASE is the name of the training given by the Cuba, New York police department to people in that area. Preparing for the worst.
More people are waking up to the fact that the average police response time to an active-shooter is greater than the length of the average active-shooter-incident. This means that you should have some idea of what to do, before the cops arrive, and what to do once they are on scene. (Actually the term used by the trainer is “Active Killer,” because it isn’t always a gun. Knives are becoming more and more common.)
Denial – Not just a river in Egypt.
“Most people don’t want to believe that there’s something bad happening,” Mackney said. “Most people think that when a disaster happens people run around and panic, but the truth of the matter is studies have shown people say ‘No, it’s not happening. It’s not happening to me.’”
But it can happen to you. You should be aware of that fact on some level. You should have thought about what to do ahead of time. You live in The Real World™ where bad things can, and sometimes do, happen.
If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably not a herd animal.
Though a lot of the people around you are going to act like they are.
Social experiments have shown that people will often do what the crowd dictates, which can have tragic repercussions in a disaster situation.
Think for yourself. (Have you ever been in a large crowd when a fire alarm goes off? People will ignore it.) A bunch of people who think they live in Pleasantville are not going to come up with a better plan for your safety than you will. You are responsible for everything, including thinking for yourself.
Go read the rest for yourself. It covers some common ground, but is interesting nonetheless. And Walt Mackney, who’s been a cop for 40 years, and who teaches the seminar – and is the subject of the article – has some interesting things to say.
And I think it is interesting that Cuba, NY has decided to offer this training on an on-going basis. They are a small town in upstate New York. If they recognize it can happen to them, you should recognize it can happen to you.