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Active Shooters: When Violence Is The Answer


As a physician, my focus is how to heal wounds rather than how to cause wounds. A terrorist, however, has quite different goals. Normally, they have a short window of opportunity, and their focus is to cause as many casualties as possible during their brief (hopefully) remaining time on Earth.

I’ve been asked quite a bit lately about what to do in active shooter situations. My standard answer has been the same as that given by the Department of Homeland Security: Run, Hide, Fight, in that order. read more

Orlando Shootings: More To Come, What To Do

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Active Shooters: What to Do

In the sad aftermath of the Orlando shootings that killed or injured more than 100 people, it has become clear to me that we’re in for a rough ride for the foreseeable future.

You might think that the “success” achieved by Omar Mateen in executing his terror event was a fluke. The sheer number of casualties was the most ever on American soil. The complexities of Mr. Mateen’s relationship with the community, having apparently visited the PULSE nightclub on multiple occasions, must make this a rare circumstance, right? Wrong. read more

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Welcome to American Survival Radio! We’re Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, NY Times and Amazon bestselling writers on disaster preparedness who normally focus on medical issues you’ll encounter in times of trouble. On American Survival Radio, however, we’re going to step out on a limb and talk about all the news that affect, well, America’s survival in the uncertain future. You can expect no-holds-barred opinions on the issues that form the storm clouds that are clearly on the horizon, and we’ll try to find the silver lining. If you want to keep it together, even if everything falls apart, you’ll get the advice you’re looking for on American Survival Radio. read more

The Three R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, Reduce Hemorrhage

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Given the spate of bombings and shootings throughout the world, most recently in Brussels but also in Paris and San Bernardino, we now realize that mass casualty incidents (also called MCIs) are becoming part of the “New Normal”. A mass casualty incident is any event in which the medical resources available are inadequate for the number and severity of injuries incurred.

Look at images of any terrorist attack, and you’ll see a lot of blood. These events tend to be over very quickly, but during that time, death from bleeding wounds can easily occur. read more

The Active Shooter: Run, Hide, or Fight


It’s hard to read the news without seeing reports of the latest shooting by terrorists or the deranged and disgruntled. Few believe that they could possibly wind up in the crosshairs of a gunman’s sight, but it can happen anytime, anywhere. What would be your response?

The natural response for most people is not to do anything. You’ve heard me talk about “normalcy bias” before. That’s the tendency for people to believe everything follows a pattern and that the day will proceed normally; they’re usually right. When a terrorist event breaks that pattern, however,  the unprepared brain takes time to process the new situation. People will think that the sound of gunfire is fireworks, or anything less threatening than an assassin out to kill them. read more