Active shooter preparedness classes teaches survival

In this frame from video, people leave the Capital Gazette newspaper after multiple people have been shot on Thursday, June 28, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. (WJLA via AP)

The shooting deaths of five people inside the Capital Gazette newspaper is another reminder that everyone should know and practice how to survive an active shooter incident.

Sergeant Jason Ratcliff with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office says this year his team will teach more than 200 classes.

He says it's natural for people to hide and cower under a desk, which he says, is the worst thing you can do because it makes you a sitting duck.

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"You should automatically look for exits in this room... if the shots sound like they are getting closer then you want to begin denying access to the room. You would want to grab a table, barricading them against the door, chairs, more have windows so you want to stay back and probably shut off {the} light, then lock the door," he said.

Sergeant Ratcliff says people need to remember three letters: ADD - Avoid, Deny, Defend.

"We want you to defend yourself rather than become a target. Take anything in proximity; the chair, these folders and overwhelm the suspect," says Ratcliff.

Law enforcement throughout central Ohio offer classes on active shooters.

While the chances of a shooter entering your workplace are rare, law enforcement says everyone needs to think about what they would do if that day comes.

"You need to mentally prepare yourself," says Ratcliff.

One exercise he teaches in the class is that when you hear shots for the first time take a deep breath for four seconds and hold it, then let it out for 4 seconds. This allows the mind to clear itself so you make a decision on what to do next.