It may feel like just another day at the office. Occasionally life feels more like an action movie than reality.
The authorities are working hard to protect you and to protect our public spaces. But sometimes bad people do bad things.
Their motivations are different. The warning signs may vary, but the devastating effects are the same. Unfortunately you need to be prepared for the worst.
If you ever have to find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan. The plan doesn’t have to be complicated.
There are 3 things that will make a difference – RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.
RUN: When An Active Shooter Is In Your Vicinity
First and foremost, if you can get out, do. Always try to escape or evacuate even when other insist on staying. Encourage others to leave with you, but don’t let them slow you down with indecision.
Remember what is important, you, not your stuff. Leave your belongs behind and try to find a way to get out safely.
Trying to get yourself out of harms way needs to be your number 1 priority.
Once you’re out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call the emergency number – 112.
- If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate
- Evacuate whether others agree to or not
- Leaver your belongings behind
- Help others escape, if possible
- Prevent others from entering the area
- Call 112 when you are safe
HIDE: If Evacuation Is Not Possible, Find A Place To Hide
If you can’t get out safely, you need to find a place to hide.
Act quickly and quietly. Try to secure your hiding place the best you can. Turn out the lights, and if possible, remember to lock the doors.
Silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cellphone.
If you can’t find a safe room or closet, try to conceal yourself behind large objects that may protect you. Do your best to remain quiet and calm.
- Lock and/or blockade the door
- Silence your cell phone
- Hide behind large objects
- Remain very quiet
Your hiding place should:
- Be out of the shooter’s view
- Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction
- Not trap or restrict you options for movement
FIGHT: As A Last Resort, And Only If Your Life Is In Danger
As a last resort, if you’re life is at risk, whether you are alone or working together as a group, FIGHT.
Act with aggression. Improvise weapons. Disarm the shooter and commit to taking the shooter down, no matter what
- Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
- Act with physical aggression
- Improvise weapons
- Commit to your actions
Try to be aware of your environment. Always have an exit plan. Know that in an incident like this, victims are generally chose randomly. The event is unpredictable and may evolve quickly.
The first responders on the scene are not there to evacuate or attend to the injured. They are well-trained and are there to stop the shooter.
EMERGENCY: When Law Enforcement Arrives
- Remain calm and follow instructions
- Keep your hands visible at all times
- Avoid pointing or yelling
- Know that help for the injured is on its way
Your actions can make a difference. For your safety and survival be aware and be prepared.
If you find yourself facing an active shooter, there are three key things you need to remember to survive – RUN, HIDE, FIGHT
Information provided by Ready Houston.