Las Vegas - Thoughts for Preppers
Las Vegas is now the worst shooting in American history (if you don’t count Wounded Knee etc). 59 dead, hundreds wounded/injured by a “single” gunman 32 floors up in the air. At least that’s the current official story.
For preppers the immediate concerns in mass casualty events are as follows:
- Situational Awareness
- Decisive Action
- Helping Others
Terror Attacks and Mass Murder events except for the odd stabbing are usually targeted at places where large groups of people gather. Obvious but we are not going to stop living our lives, we love concerts, movies, restaurants and walking areas like we saw in Nice or the Ramblas in Spain. But while living our lives it is critical to do some thinking.
Where are the exits, what are possible approaches for an attacks? If there is an attack what is the first choice of exit, second choice?
Where is the “rally” point, the place where you will reconnect with friends and family if you get separated. Could be initially the car, then a large street intersection nearby or a hotel that is visible.
These actions dont take long, exits are always well marked but a little bit of planning could be a life saver.
Fight or Flight is the immediate decision. Like the brave man in the UK restaurant row attack who engaged the three Islamic terrorists and while wounded critically he likely saved many lives, including his own. Alternatively, having decided which exit is closest and being prepared to recognize an attack for what it is (not firecrackers, cars backfiring, etc.) you may be able to exit the scene unharmed. Remember in an emergency exits will get crowded, many injuries in Las Vegas were from trampling at the exits. Falling in a compressed crowd could be deadly.
If you choose to fight, use a weapon if you have one, though often a concealed carry firearm in not permitted in a concert venue. Grab a chair, use a fire extinguisher or a fire ax or fire hose, throw bottles, glasses, silverware, ashtrays, anything that you can get your hands on. Whatever you do, do it with commitment, don’t hesitate pull your punches, it’s a life or death situation.
In Las Vegas, fighting back even with a pistol would not have been an option. The shooter was too far away (32nd floors up) so flight would have been the best option but as the it was a crowded area many were wounded (likely with a single bullet hitting more than one person).
Two broad categories in helping others, getting people out of harm’s way and then providing first aid to trauma injuries.
Dragging wounded people while under fire is not easy but adrenaline is your friend and enlist help using command voice. People in extreme circumstances will often respond to a clear direct call to action. “Grab her arm and help me” would be perfect.
First aid in Las Vegas would be about airway and bleeding. Call me crazy but a Tourniquet would be a great thing to have in a small bag along with some EMT scissors and an Israeli bandage. Sure you might have to explain it to security but I bet most of the time it would be allowed. The scissors would not pass the TSA for an airline though.
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