After California mass shooting, experts say prepare yourself

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- You don't want to live your life in fear, but authorities suggest taking time to reflect on what you would do if you got caught in a tragic event like the mass shooting in the Southern California bar.

Philadelphia Police Detective Joseph Rovman says many injuries in shooting situations occur when people are running for their lives.

"They run into each other, sometimes they fall down staircases, they climb out windows. People are in a panic," Rovman said.

Detective Rovman teaches active shooter awareness training to the public on behalf of the Philadelphia Police Department. He says it's always a good idea to know exactly where every exit or safe haven is in any building you're in.

"If your body tells you, 'I need to get out of here,' and if you didn't know where to go, you're going to get caught up in the environment," Rovman said, adding, "If you understand where there's a safe haven, an exit, 'there's actually something I could go to,' it will actually benefit you no matter what facility you're in."

Rovman agrees that people should not stop living their lives, but he warns to be cautious because "the world has become extremely violent where these things occur no matter where you might be."


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