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Protecting Yourself, Limiting Vulnerability In Dangerous Situations

DAYTON -- When shootings happen at public places like stores or shopping malls - especially in our own backyard - it is human nature to put yourselves in the shoes of those affected and ask yourself, 'What would I do?'

"You just don't know where it's going to happen today. It doesn't have to be a Walmart, it could be a local store in Oakwood. We just never know," said C.J. Schoeff who says she does not live in fear, but she is always looking around.

So is Joyce Hill. "I always am aware of my surroundings I have to be with the grandkids anyway but I always was with my own kids, too."

"They happen, they can happen anywhere at anytime it seems. And you know, that's why we train for it," said Sgt. Jay Phares with Miami Township Police.

Miami Township - like Beavercreek - is a busy shopping community. Police say they may soon be doing a mass training with businesses on how to react in a crisis. Dayton Mall reps say they are certainly interested.

Sgt. Jay Phares says people have three choices when they're in danger, "You want to run, that would be your first option. And then if you don't feel like you could run from it, you want to hide. Hopefully you wouldn't be found. And the last thing would be to fight; and fight off an attacker using any means necessary."

Reporting anything suspicious to authorities is key, and can never hurt. And Sgt. Phares says paying a little more attention can really pay off.

"When you're aware of where the exits are and who's around and who's store personnel and who's not, that kind of thing. You're not going to be aware of everything all the time, but it sure helps," Sgt. Phares explained.

"Just kind of look around for things... I think we all need to keep an eye out," Schoeff said.

Witnesses say Walmart employees were calm and calculated about getting people out when shots were fired at the Beavercreek location on Tuesday night. Company reps say employees train for all sorts of emergency situations including what happened in Beavercreek.

Other stores including Kroger, Dorothy Lane Market, and the Dayton Mall also do some sort of employee training for emergencies. No word from Target or Meijer.

 
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