Category - Pain and Suffering

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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Will Covid-19 Cause Marriages to Crash & Burn?

Things are not always rosy when people are forced to be in constant contact and to stay inside in close quarters – without any outlets to let off steam.

 

There has been a rise in people getting divorces all over the world. Will we see an uptick in divorce cases here, too?  There was a rise in divorces after soldiers returned home from battle in World War II because couples realized that they had grown apart.

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Couples therapists agree that strong relationships will grow stronger and closer through the crisis.  Weak couples that lack coping skills will most likely grow weaker and further apart.

 

Parenting can be a large source of disagreement for many couples. It can create a strain on marriages when mothers and fathers disagree on how to raise the children. It might have been easy to overlook how the opposite parent disciplined their children if people are busy with work and their careers.

 

It’s quite different if you’re home all of the time. You really begin to notice the disparity when dealing with children. We can add homeschooling to this pressure cooker. It can create a strain on the marriage when parents fundamentally disagree on how long to spend on teaching and how the subjects should be taught.

 

Lots of red flags can go up.

 

The financial strains caused by the pandemic can be horrific. Many people have been on layoff.  Lots more have completely lost their jobs. The dollar has been continuously devalued for many years. They say that even with both spouses working – we don’t have the buying power that people had in the seventies.

 

There’s quite a bit of uncertainty. People can cope with that strain in ways that can threaten the relationship. Even though it may not be the spouse’s fault that they lost a job because of the virus – there still is not enough money floating in to pay all of the bills.

 

GOBankingRates reveals that 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.  The top reason respondents said they weren’t saving more was because they were living paycheck to paycheck. Nearly 33% said this obstacle was keeping them from saving, and about 20% said a high cost of living prevented them from saving more.

 

45% of survey respondents said they have $0 in a savings account.

 

They said that a high cost of living prevented them from saving more. The number one thing respondents said that they need in order to save more money was – if they could make a higher salary.  Rent can take a yuge chunk out of people’s eyes. Some people need to spend up to 45% of their paycheck – just to put a roof over their heads. 

 

People may begin asking themselves if their current relationship is one they want to continue for the rest of their lives.  Spending significant amounts of time one-on-one, without outside distractions, might make you understand that you got married for all of the wrong reasons.  Or, maybe you just don’t have that much in common anymore.

 

Distance does not make the heart grow fonder – but, neither does being isolated together at home.

 

Some people might be incredibly grateful that they have a kind, supportive and hard-working spouse.  Other couples might look at their spouse and determine that they don’t want to spend the future with them.

 

Contact Gerald K. Fugit if you’d like to untangle your relationship.

 


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Call the Law Office of Gerald Fugit at 432-301-9252.

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Christmas Season Accident Avoidance

Most people travel by car to visit their families to celebrate Christmas. Maybe we don’t travel that much during the year.  But, we definitely need to travel to spend time with our families during this wonderful season.

The National Safety council issues estimates for accidents during specific times of the year. They estimate that 115 people might die during the Christmas season in 2019 (this year). Automobile travel has the highest fatality rate compared to other major forms of transportation.

A big factor that contributes to the car crashes is, of course, alcohol consumption. Even though we enjoy visiting our loved ones, we need to be careful because our holiday plans can be ruined by a car accident. Some years will have more car accidents than others.

Whatever the numbers turn out to be – there are always too many injuries and fatalities on our Texas roads at Christmas time.

If you’ve had your holiday ruined from an auto accident injury, you should hire the experienced Law Office of Gerald K. Fugit at (432) 301-9252. We understand you expected something far different from this season. We won’t be able to bring back Christmas, but we can help you to seek financial compensation for your property damage and personal injuries.

Of course, we believe that it’s better to avoid collisions altogether. But, you have no control over how other individuals operate their vehicles. Here are a few good choices to help you avoid a crash:

  • Avoid peak driving times:You should be aware of when the roads are busiest in your area and how crowded the roads might be. In general though, Christmas Eve and the day after the holiday have particularly heavy traffic periods. It’s a good idea to schedule a longer vacation to leave earlier and later than most other families. Some people think that driving on Christmas Day is best.  I’ve not found that to be true. I guess it depends on where you’re going.

 

  • You should try to take a nap before you drive. Stay overnight with the family if no nap is possible:

Christmas day is a long day for everyone. Most people get up early to open the presents. Family members have expectations when we visit them. Rushing about is the norm.  By the time you’re ready to drive home, you’re probably exhausted.

You need to be careful not to drive while overly tired. Drowsy driving is a major contributor to car accidents. If you are worn out or exhausted, take a nap before you drive. Better yet, if you have a long day planned, make arrangements to stay the night with your hosts or splurge on a hotel nearby.

  • Designate a sober driver: 

It’s easy to overindulge when you’re with loved ones and having a good time. I happen to enjoy homemade eggnog myself. Wine during dinner is always special, too. If you drink too much throughout the day, that can mean you are not in the right state to drive home after dinner. If you know that you’ll need to get back in the car at the end of the day, make sure to have a designated driver – or limit yourself to ONLY ONE alcoholic beverage at mealtime.

Drive cautiously – based on the weather:

Snow is so pretty this time of year! However, snow, wind, and ice make it dangerous to visit friends and family over your holiday vacation. If you have to go somewhere for Christmas and winter weather is acting up, be extremely cautious while driving. Leave for your destination early. Drive slowly and leave plenty of room between you and the vehicles ahead.  Brake much sooner than you normally would. Your braking speed can take up to four hundred per cent – longer, when the road is slippery.

 

  • Avoid distractions:
    If you are lucky, everyone will be tired and sleep on the way home – except for you. This can help you avoid distractions while you drive. However, if other individuals are awake, be sure to keep conversation to a minimum. Yelling and crying kids are definitely a distraction. Remember to tuck that cell phone away. Texts, emails, and apps are all distractions that lead to serious accidents.

Contact the Law Office of Gerald K. Fugit for Help.

 

If a crash puts a damper on your holiday cheer, do not wait to get help with the situation.  Here’s how we do things: after speaking with you during an initial consultation, we can investigate your situation to gather evidence against the at-fault driver.

With documentation that supports your case, we can file the necessary insurance claims and negotiate a settlement on your behalf or take your case to court. Our main priority is to help you recover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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

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