Have you met old man Murphy before? He's the guy that makes sure that "if something can go wrong, it will." We have a related saying in the military that goes: no plan survives first contact.
That's because there's a wide range of factors and variables that come into play, many of which we have little control over, that can influence our desired outcome.
In the civilian realm, we also recognize that things don’t always go as planned. That’s where the concept of a Plan B or not to putting all your eggs in one basket comes from.
But sometimes, even that's not is enough.
When you think of danger zones, what comes to mind? A war-torn country with a volatile government? A high-crime city with a dangerous gang presence? While these are all valid danger zones, there are other, less obvious places that can be just as hazardous.
For instance, people have been attacked while attending a funerals, in church, picking their kids up from school, eating in restaurants, and other places that seem to be unlikely epicenters for violence.
The fact is, we live in a world where these attacks are occurring in a-typical settings with increasing frequency and lethality - like the one that happened here at this hospital.
While most of us will never be personally targeted in venues like this, that doesn’t mean you can’t be collateral damage. Once you step out into the public square, there are no real safe zones.
So, here's few tips in general to increase survivability: