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Fairfield police chief provides active shooter safety tips

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Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Whether it is a crowded bar, a movie theater, or a college campus, we’ve all been in a large public setting packed with people.

A question on many minds following this weekend’s mass shooting-- “what would you do if you found yourself in the middle of an active shooter situation?”

While police said there is no threat to Connecticut, they said it is always good to be prepared.

"If you hear what sounds like gun shot, if you hear a fight occurring inside a bar, inside a store, a movie, there is a disturbance, don't stick around to investigate, get out,” said Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara.

There were terror-filled moments of panic as a mass shooting unfolded at a gay night club in Orlando on Sunday morning.

After the now most deadly mass shooting in the country’s history, MacNamara said people need to be prepared.

"If you find yourself in a situation like this, and that is the first time you've thought about what your options are, then you're already putting yourself at a disadvantage,” MacNamara said.

While we all hope it never happens, what should we do if it does?

"You want to make things as simple as possible. When you enter a location, be aware of your surroundings. You want to identify how you got in and how you can get out,” MacNamara said.

He said that starts the moment you walk into a public setting. Try to become familiar with the different exits.

If you can’t get out, the next step is to look for places to hide, making yourself as small a target as possible.

"It may be that you climbing over a bar to hide behind a refrigerator or ice maker, those are things you have to think about ahead of time,” MacNamara said.

The chief also said to prepare to defend yourself, but that is the last and more extreme option.

He said being prepared beforehand and having a plan in place can go a long way toward protecting yourself.

"Unfortunately in the world we live in now, you have to think about them all the time,” MacNamara said.

The chief said to think of those three words we learned as a child when crossing the street—“Look Both Ways.” He said it should be the same when you’re in a public setting.

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