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Steve Stanfill

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So by now a lot of you may have heard about the Active Shooter situation at NMC San Diego.  It turned out to be a false alarm - MY OPINION ONLY - there was construction going on in the next building and that MAY have been what was heard and reported - but the response from the local Law Enforcement was outstanding. 

EVERYBODY showed up, from San Diego Police to California Highway Patrol to San Diego Fire Department to Sheriffs Department to Commander, Southwest Region Police Department (Navy Civilian Police).  Everyone responded and worked as a team.  THAT is what is supposed to happen.  Everyone is on edge after the San Bernardino shootings, and everyone wants to minimize the danger.  BZ to all responders, you were the heroes today.  Even though it turned out to be nothing, your response was outstanding.

For the India Delta Ten Tangos (ID10Ts) out on social media spamming stupid stuff, crawl back under a rock and die.  The idiot that said "my husband works there and there are dead bodies all over the base" needs to be hunted down and...  well.... shot. Crap like that just fuels more crap and more crap and overblown stuff the dumb media picks up and runs with.  Thank God Channel 8 has smart folks sitting the news desk and didn't exploit the stupid stuff coming over the social media.  In fact, after it was all over, the evening news even had a field reporter ripping on people and aired the stupidest twitter posts.  Yay, Channel 8!!

While all of this was going on, the Navy had generated an Active Shooter training module on our on-line training website.  We (government employees) were required to take the training.  It was all basic knowledge stuff for many of us.  Probably new info for those folks that weren't in the military that work on military bases.  The theory is Run (exit to safety if you can), Hide (if you can't exit), Fight (prepare to defend yourself as a last resort).  I truly believe in that theory, especially since we are not armed.  (That is a whole subject by itself.)

At the end of it, I'm glad it turned out the way it did.  A false alarm, a great Law Enforcement response, and great opportunity for a real life scenario for the base and its workers, and many lessons learned for the media and everyone who participated.

I spoke to Cris about it when I got home.  I sent her the email notification I received at work.  As soon as she saw it, she turned on the news and followed the story.  I told her if it were at my base, I'd send a short text to her with my location and that I was safe and then power down my cell so it wouldn't ring.  When it was safe, I'd send her another short text saying I am OK.  She understands how we will communicate and it will be less (if it could be) worrisome for her if it happens on my base. 

Enough yakking about it for now.  Which leads me to this:  Have you discussed with your family how you will communicate in the event of an emergency?  Have you discussed powering down your cell if needed to protect your hiding spot in a situation like this?  What about natural disasters? Have you discussed a communications plan and a SORTEE plan to get reunited if separated? 

Just some things to think about, especially if you live in states where earthquakes, heavy rains causing landslides, wildfires, etc. can happen. 

Stay safe, my friends.
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the wife and i have plans in place for grabbing our girls and egressing out of the house. where to meet....  even a location to meet if we are ever seperated.....     a contact person to leave notes and messages....    yea, we have run the gambit on what ifs.....
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That's great to hear.  99 percent of the time, I driving the F150, so if needed, I can make my own road to get to a meeting place.  Everyone needs to have plans and back up plans.
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guess i watch to much tv, news and movies,    most only have a "fire in the house plan"   i have a fire, natural disaster,  world gone to hell,,   and the mother in law moving in with us , and zombie plans !!
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Steve Stanfill

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Now that is the funniest thing I heard all day   ".....mother in law moving in plan......"   HAHAHA  [smile]
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I need to have a plan. Thanks for mentioning it.
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