Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

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.

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Nuclear North Korea. Missile Warnings. Random Thoughts.

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” Edmund Burke, (1729-1797)

Bill Clinton’s administration signed a “deal” with North Korea that was supposed to ensure they didn’t get nuclear weapons. (How’s that working out?) The political class loves deals. They love to talk. Because ultimately, it means they don’t have to deal with the issues, but can kick them down the road. This is true of local politics (look at Chicago’s pension crisis as an example) as it is in geopolitics.

The video below is of Clinton. He is so sure that this deal will ensure “peace for our time.” He didn’t say that, exactly. I don’t think any politician will utter those exact words since the travesty of the Munich Agreement, when Neville Chamberlain told the Brits to “go home, and sleep quietly in your beds.” That was right before the Germans kicked off World War II. They didn’t get peace in their time. We didn’t get a nuclear-free North Korea. (And I doubt we will see a nuclear-free Iran, but that is story for another day.)

On the subject of nuclear weapons. Americans never learned the lesson of the Cold War. The US government’s position that any preparation in the face of nuclear war was pointless. Hollywood was ready to lend a hand with that myth. (Actually, I think they just wanted to spend the money in other ways.) Russia didn’t hold that idea. They had (have) substantial shelters – at least near Moscow. And the Swiss have fallout shelters for their entire population. I believe it was written into their building code sometime during the Cold War. (It isn’t tough to build fallout shelters, and not impossible to build blast shelters. Though you do need time.) The Swiss even considered relaxing the requirement for shelters (2005), but ultimately decided it was worth the cost to be prepared for war or terrorism.

In terms of being prepared. It is important – even if you don’t have a prebuilt shelter – to know what to do. The BBC, of all places, has a reasonable article on the topic. How to survive a missile attack: What’s the official advice?

Secondly, don’t try to run. You’re safer inside the closest, most protective building – below ground if possible, somewhere like a concrete basement.

The goal should be to put the maximum space between yourself and potential nuclear fallout.

Not “distance.” Matter. Concrete and earth. Books. Anything. And take some food, and water. While radiation can travel through stuff, fallout is in the form of dust. Breathing it in, or getting it in your eyes, or a cut is bad. I won’t give you info on shelters, because that info is easy enough to find with your favorite search engine. (I hope that’s not Google, but hey…)

“This was an attempted terrorist attack”

The KEY word being “attempted.” The guy built a mostly non-functioning bomb. Terror suspect sets off pipe bomb near Port Authority bus terminal.

This is getting to be too routine. Bombs. Trucks. Knife attacks. Whatever.

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi native, detonated part of his “low tech” explosive at 7:30 a.m. and was injured in an underground subway passage just 200 feet from the bus terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., officials said. Three commuters suffered minor injuries, officials said.

Ullah has been in this country 7 years. He immigrated from Bangladesh.

Only part of the device exploded, so he was taken to the hospital and treated for burns. He isn’t dead because only a portion of device actually exploded.

This could have been so much worse. If he knew what he was doing. If he built a larger device. The gods of luck were smiling on NY City.

The quote in the title of this post is from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“This is a serious attack on democracy”

Something has changed in Sweden. Bomb Exploded in front of a Police Station in Sweden – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

Sweden was traditionally a very peaceful and law-abiding country.

A powerful explosion occurred shortly after midnight at a police station in Helsingborg, Sweden, the World Agencies said.

This was after a Bomb threat in Lulea Energy Arena on the 13th of October. (Home of the BC Lulea in Swedish basketball.)

I’ve listed this under “Terror,” though the police are putting down to gangs – that have materialized in the past few years. You are free to draw your own conclusions.

Aside From Las Vegas…

There have been attacks (not all successful). I am probably omitting something from the list.

Canadian: Edmonton attack suspect facing terrorism charges was investigated by RCMP in 2015 – The Globe and Mail

French: Marseille: Isis claims responsibility for stabbings after leader’s renewed call for attacks on West | The Independent

Israeli: Israel says it foiled planned ISIS-inspired attack at Jerusalem holy site

But there is no evidence re: Las Vegas…

Terror Attack in Barcelona

I honestly don’t know what to say about this. Another van has plowed into another crowd of pedestrians in Europe. Barcelona terror attack: van crashes into crowd at Las Ramblas, killing ‘at least 13’

A white van plowed into a packed summer crowd this evening in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack and local media reported 13 dead and dozens more injured.

As for why I feel at a loss… nothing seems to change.

While full details of the incident were not immediately clear, since July 2016 vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.

Does anyone expect any of this to stop any time soon?

Airport Attacks Not Limited to Europe

Not too surprising to see these kinds of things everywhere. Michigan Airport Stabbing: Officer Attacked in Possible Terror Incident – NBC News

The attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said.

Poland is not ready to sign up for these kinds of things. Poland Shuts Border to Islamic Migrants to Keep Potential Terrorists Out

Despite the threat of sanctions from the European Union (EU), the Polish government has decided to not allow any more Muslim migrants into its country to help reduce the risk of radical Islamic terrorism.