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In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security released an informative video that provides key steps you should take if you encounter an active shooter.
Watch the video: Run>Hide>Fight>>Surviving an Active Shooter Event
Your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan. There are three things you can do that make a difference:
If a safe path is available, run. Always try and escape or evacuate even if others insist on staying. Encourage others to leave with you but don't let the indecision of others slow down your own effort to escape. Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 9-1-1.
If you can't get out safely, find a place to hide. When hiding, turn out lights, remember to lock doors and silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone
As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons to disarm the shooter. Commit to taking the shooter down.
The video is a Department of Homeland Security Grant Funded Project of the Regional Catastophic Planning Initiative, produced by the City of Houston's Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security.