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How To Prepare For An Active Shooter

About a year ago, on August 31, 2019, there was an active shooter situation here in the Odessa area.  We were lucky that we didn’t have a lot of casualties, because that guy went all over the place. His shooting spree only lasted around 34 minutes.  We need to be prepared in case that happens again.

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A rapid, safe and successful response to a mass shooting requires preparation. In an emergency – managers of businesses need adapt to society’s changes so that the delivery of emergency services is ensured in a crisis. Here are some basic tools and information needed to develop or assess a plan for preparing and responding to a mass shooting.

Some mass shooting events begin with a warning or threat. Threats can be an alarming behavior, statements, actions, or the discovery of physical items (weapons, plans, death lists or notes). The threat assessment process is based on several factors such as behavior, history, intent, and capability.

Call 911 – when it is safe to do so.

Many types of these events can’t be peacefully resolved or negotiated. It must also be recognized that there are serious domestic and international threat groups and individuals that are willing and able use weapons against the public. One important reminder is that there are active hate groups and extremists in all 50 states.  They even live in small communities.

We all share some of the same priorities during a mass shooting. These include the need to make sure that people are safe and secure. Planning should be paramount for all types of situations.

A coordinated effort with all agencies – such as Emergency management, law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS), is necessary to have an effective response.

No two shootings are the same.

Safety is paramount during this type of event. Factors like the shooter’s motive, his or her weapons, familiarity with the location and the number of staff and visitors can all influence an incident’s outcome.

 

Every business should have a crisis kit. These kits can be of great use during a mass shooting or at any other type of critical incident. It is important that these kits be updated and ready for immediate use. The kit should be in a location that is readily accessible to the staff.

Kits can include items such as special keys and diagrams of the business, employee rosters (with photos if possible), blueprints of the  building(s), maps of surrounding area, aerial photos, and other items that are identified by the facility.

Management should also prepare a facility specific multi-hazard emergency operations plan that addresses all hazards including armed attack/violent situations and train their staff to be familiar with the plan.

The likelihood of a mass shooting is low, but we should still prepare for these situations. It’s impossible to plan for every situation that may occur. New best practices and lessons learned are available on an ongoing basis. Emergency response plans should be updated regularly.

 

We recognize that training and preparation for these events sometimes is met with stiff resistance and denial. Nevertheless, they are important. Remember how you train is how you fight.

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What To Do If Your Car Skids Out of Control

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Your car goes into a skid when there isn’t enough friction between the tire and road. I discovered that for myself, at my first driving experience.

My first “on the road” driver’s training was terrifying.  I did okay at first – but, then I had to enter a big turn on a highway. No one had warned me that I needed to slow down to do that.

I was driving too fast for the turn and the driving instructor’s car went into a sharp spin as I sped out of the sharp curve of the road. Super scary!

Luckily for the driving instructor, his car, my own life, my future children and grandchildren’s life and the Others on the road – he had the type of car that could take control of my driving at any time. He had his own driving wheel and everything.

Your car can skid when driving in wet or icy conditions, black ice, snow, when you stop suddenly, or you enter a turn at a high speed.

 

Here are a few tips for preventing skids:

  1. Make sure your tires have adequate treads. Tires are made with a “wear bar” in the treads. If the level of the tire reaches the level of the “wear bar” – it’s time to get new tires. You can also check your tires by inserting a penny into the tread upside-down. The head of Lincoln should be at least partially covered.
  1. Drive slowly in wet, icy, or snowy conditions.
  1. Keep a good distance between you and the car ahead of you. They recommend about four car lengths for every ten miles per hour. If you are travelling 40 miles per hour, keep 16 car lengths between cars. This way, you’ll have plenty of time to react if the driver in front of you stops. You can definitely skid if you stop too quickly.
  1. Slow down before entering a curve or bend. Taking a curve too quickly or braking suddenly while going around a bend can cause skids.

 

TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF SKIDS

 

Front Wheel Skids:

A front-wheel skid happens – when the whole car starts to slide in the wrong direction. This type of skid is when you go into a curve too quickly.

If your car enters a front-wheel skid, ease off the accelerator. With your eyes focused on where you’re supposed to drive, try to steer the car back on course. If you don’t regain control of the car within two to three seconds, THEN depress the brake lightly. If your car doesn’t have anti-lock (ABS) brakes, pump the brakes lightly.

Braking will help to transfer power to the front of the car.  Don’t press those brakes too fast. This will make your wheels lock and you’ll skid all the more. Slow and steady is the rule here.

 

Rear Wheel Skids:

A rear wheel skid happens – when the back end of the car slides out of control, either to the left or the right. They also call this “fishtailing”.  I’ve done this, too.

Some people will tell you to “turn into the skid.”  Hmm – maybe. If the back end of your car slides out to the right – don’t turn sharply, especially if you’re driving at a high speed. Only turn towards the right enough to straighten out the car and bring the front wheels back in line with the rear wheels.

Slowly ease off the accelerator. Avoid the temptation to brake suddenly. Slow and steady is the rule here, too.

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The most important thing to remember is not to panic. You need to keep calm if you go into a skid, because your “instinctive” reactions are likely to do more harm than good.

Also, keep your eyes focused on a target in the distance. Choose a point further down the road, in the direction where you need to be headed.  Stay focused on this object. With this target in view, you’ll be better able to redirect your car so that it is once again traveling in the right direction.

 

Call our office if you’ve been injured because someone drove their car out of control and crashed into you.

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Watch Your Speed

Sign that says to "Move Over" and "Slow Down" when emergency vehicles are on side of road. Don’t speed.  Respect the road conditions when they are icy or rainy. It’s better to get where you need to go late – rather than not to get there at all.

 

Two First Responders are Dead & Another in Critical Condition

 

Lubbock lost two of its heroes. They gave their life to their community.  Yet another, has been injured so badly that he’ll possibly never return to work again.

 

A week ago:

Officers and firefighters were called to a single-vehicle rollover crash on I-27 at approximately 8:19 a.m. Saturday. It appeared that the vehicle was traveling southbound and crossed the median into the northbound lanes where it rolled over.

While investigating this scene, another vehicle carrying a trailer was traveling southbound on I-27 when it crossed over the median and came to a stop in the northbound lanes — about 25 to 50 yards away from the first accident scene.

Police and firefighters – then spread out their resources to work both of the accidents. While personnel were investigating the two accidents, a third vehicle struck them and killed two and critically injured the third man.

 

27-year-old Officer Nicholas Reyna and 39-year-old Officer Eric Hill were killed in the wrecks. Matthew Dawson was critically injured.

 

The pickup truck that struck the first responders was a Ford F-250 – which traveled southbound on I-27, crossed over the median and struck one Lubbock police officer and two Lubbock firefighters. That vehicle came to a rest in an embankment. The driver of the vehicle was not driving in the single lane – as required by law.

 

Move Over – It’s the Law

If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of a road, you know how dangerous and unnerving it can be.  Cars and trucks speed by – only inches away, leave too little margin for error and could so easily result in a disastrous crash.

 

America’s first responders – police, fire, EMT’s – face this peril every day in the line of duty. 

Tow truck drivers, highway workers, utility workers and others whose jobs sometimes require that they park their vehicle on the roadway or the side of the road are also at risk.

To keep people from being killed or injured in these situations, all fifty states now have mandatory “Move Over” laws.  If you see a vehicle with emergency lights or flashers on, you are required to move over a lane and slow down.

More than 150 law enforcement officers have been killed since 1997 after being struck by vehicles along America’s highways.  In fact, traffic-related incidents, including vehicle crashes, are one of the leading causes of death for law enforcement officers.

In 2017, 47 officers lost their lives in traffic-related incidents, with nine officers struck and killed outside their vehicles. Already in 2019, responder fatalities include 7 law enforcement officers.  From 2007 to 2017, 39 percent of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty were lost in traffic-related incidents.

Many have been seriously injured.  This is a tragedy and completely preventable.  Credit: https://www.transportation.gov/

 

Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the families that were injured or killed.  We need to learn from this experience, which did not have to happen. Drive carefully and watch your speed.

 

Even when we do things right, bad things can happen. Safety should be our number one concern.

 

Call Gerald Fugit Law Firm at:  432-332-1661 to schedule consultation.

 

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Ten Silly Laws To Avoid Breaking

    We thought that we’d pull a funny one today!  The political system is so intense and then – we have our Christmas preparations.  Take a deep breath and calm down.  Read these funny old laws.  They are still on the books, however. So, READ MORE…

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5 Things To Do After Being Hit By A Drunk Driver

Getting in a car accident is a really bad situation to be in; but it’s even worse if the other driver is drunk or otherwise impaired.

 

Here are some ways to tell if someone has had too much to drink:

A Flushed Face

One of the first signs of having been drinking too much is simply that it will give many people a flushed face.

Acting Out of the Ordinary

Before a person is completely drunk, they will often act “tipsy” or “buzzed.” In other words, they are showing some signs of inebriation without being full-on intoxicated. These signs of acting out could be talking too loudly, acting overly flirty (in situations where it is inappropriate) or just acting strangely.

 

Losing Control of One’s Emotions

The next higher step to just being buzzed, is that you’ll start to see a person lose control of their emotions. This is a strong sign that the person has had too much to drink and is well on their way to being completely drunk. The person might be overly emotional and crying at nothing or laughing uncontrollably when the situation really isn’t that funny.

 

Aggression

Strong emotions that you don’t want to run into is someone who has had too much to drink – they can be overly aggressive. Drunks are known to pick fights or be aggressive, so watch out for this dangerous sign of intoxication.

 

Lack of Motor Control

One of the most advanced signs of drunkenness is that the person will lose control over their coordination and motor control. This is known as the “sloppy drunk”. They might fall down and run into other people and/or physical obstacles.

Reference:

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

 

 

WHAT TO DO – WHAT TO DO

 

You might wonder what you should do if you ever face this type of situation and get into an accident.  We’ve got you covered.  Use these tips if you get into an accident and someone is slurring their words or appears to be “out of it”, in any way.

 

Here are five things to do right after being hit by a drunk driver:

 

  1. Call the Police

 

Call the police as soon as you are able to do so. You have to involve the authorities and, in a drunk driving accident, the sooner the better. Not only will this make the process of paperwork with your insurance company much smoother but also it will help your attorney win the case, should you need to go to court.

 

 

  1. Don’t Deal with the Drunk Driver

 

This might seem like another piece of common sense but, remember, following an accident, you will have your adrenaline coursing through you and it might not be the best time to make rational decisions. On top of that, you know the other person, the one who is drunk, is definitely not capable of making rational decisions. Don’t risk further danger and injury to yourself.  Let the authorities deal with the driver when they arrive. Trust us, you’ll be glad when they arrive and you’ll be even happier that you didn’t deal with the driver that caused the accident.

 

 

  1. Take Pictures

 

Taking pictures at the scene – as well as documenting anything else you can – helps insure that things go your way in the courtroom and that there is no ambiguity surrounding the accident.

 

 

  1. See Medical Professionals

 

Even if you don’t feel like anything is wrong, you need to see a medical professional to make sure that there isn’t something you can’t see that might cause you serious impairment or even sudden death. Accidents are complex situations and the injuries sustained during them can be more than meets the eye.

 

 

  1. Talk to an Attorney

 

An attorney will help you prepare for court and will protect you against having your rights violated. No matter how clear cut the situation might seem, you need a legal professional to carry the burden for you in a courtroom and make sure you get what you deserve.

 

 

Those are the five most important things that you should do immediately following a car accident that involves a drunk driver. Some of it might seem like common sense, while others are must-do things that you should not neglect.

 

 

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