Friday, July 6, 2018

Review: How to Survive an Active Shooter by Jacquelyn Lynn

Practical Guide in Today's World

I just read this book - How to Survive an Active Shooter: What You do Before, During and After an Attack Could Save Your Life (Conversations) by Jacquelyn Lynn.

Here's the blurb:
Do you know what to do if someone starts shooting?

The number of active shooter incidents--that is, when someone with a firearm is attempting to kill others in mass numbers--is on the rise. Knowing what to do before, during and after such an attack could save your life and the lives of others.

Find out:

What you should do when someone starts shooting
What you can do if escape isn't possible
Why it's dangerous to keep your cell phone with you
What a kill box is and how to avoid being in one
How to defend yourself against an active shooter
Why playing dead can get you killed
What weapons, other than firearms, attackers are using
How to protect a house of worship
What you should do before and after law enforcement arrives

In this completely updated and expanded Conversations book, Jacquelyn Lynn interviews a terrorism and security expert who provides those answers and more.

This is an interview that Ms. Lynn conducts of a anti-terrorism and security expert, someone who gave a similar briefing to their church, who asked to remain anonymous. Based on the answers and advice, the person being interviewed is indeed an expert in the field.

The book gives simple, practical steps and principles to keep in mind. It points out that our culture has, to some extent, trained basic situational awareness and self-preservation out of us, and gives us pointers on how to unlearn our bad security habits and re-learn good ones.

I think this is an excellent book for anyone to read. It's a sad reality that any of us may, at any time, be in a situation of sudden and unexepected violence. Reading this gave me a sense of preparedness. Not just for a possible active shooter scenario, but for any type of unexpectedly violent scenario.



  1. votermom!

    Thank you for the review. I do not expect to need this, but avoidance is always much better than first aid.

  2. Ordered. Again, thank you, votermom.