RUN > HIDE > FIGHT
Surviving an active shooter event
(Employees working in offices, a suspicious man dressed in black with sun glasses on walks around)
Announcer: It may seem like just another day at the office, but ocassionally life feels more like an action movie than reality.
The authorities are working hard to protect you and to protect our public spaces.
(Text: 21 killed, 19 wounded eating at a fast food restaurant)
Announcer: But sometimes bad people do bad things.
(Text: 32 killed, 25 wounded while attending classes)
Announcer: Their motivations are different
(Text: 6 killed, 13 wounded at a shopping center)
(Text: 13 killed, 29 wounded while at work)
Announcer: The warning signs may vary, but the devastating effects are the same. And unfortunately you need to be prepared for the worst.
(The suspicious man takes out a shotgun and shoots the office workers)
Announcer: If you are ever 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 three things you can do that can make a difference: run, hide, fight
(Alarmed employees at their desks get up)
Announcer: First and foremost, if you can get out do it. Always try to escape and evacuate even when others insist on staying.
Encourage others to leave with you, but don't let them slow you down with indecision.
Remember what's important: you, not your stuff.
(Employees escape via the stairs)
Announcer: Leave your belongings behind and try to find a way to get out safely.
Trying to get yourself out of harms way needs to be your number one priority.
Once you are out of the line of fire try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 911.
(Man informs a bicyclyst that there's problems and drags him away from the scene)
(Text: RUN when an ctive shooter is in your vicinity:
- If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate.
- Evacuate whether others agree to or not.
- Leave your belongings behind.
- Help others escape if possible.
- Prevent others from entering the area.
- Call 911 when you are safe.)
Announcer: if you can't get out safely you need to find a place to hide
(Employees in a meeting room look around their work area. They close the door and blockade it.)
Announcer: Act quickly and quietly. Try to secure your hiding place the best you can.
Turn out lights, and if possible, remember to lock doors. Silence your ringer and vibration on your cell phone.
(Gun man tries to open door but it was locked)
And 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.
(Text: HIDE - If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide.
- Lock and/or blockate 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 your options for movement.)
Announcer: As a last resort, if your life is at risk, whether you are alone or working together as a group - FIGHT!
(Group of employees picks up chairs, fire estinguisher, and other equipment to act as weapons)
Announcer: Act with agression. Improvise weapons. Disarm and commit to taking the shooter down no matter what.
(Text: FIGHT - As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger:
- Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
- Act with physical agression
- Improvise weapons
- Commit to your actions.)
(Employees running out of building)
Announcer: Try to be aware of your enviornment. Always have an exit plan. Know that in an incident like this victims are generally chosen randomly.
The event is unpredictable and may evolve quickly.
(Armed responders arrive in the building)
The first responders on the scene are not there to evacuate or tend to the injured.
They're well trained and are there to stop the shooter.
(Text: 911 - 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.)
(Employees run out of building)
Announcer: Your actions can make a difference for your safety and survival. Be aware and be prepared.
And if you find yourself facing an active shooter there are three key things you need to remember to survive: RUN HIDE FIGHT
(Text: RUN > HIDE > FIGHT is a Department of Homeland Security Grant Funded Project of the Regional Catastrophic Planning Initiative.
Produced by the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security.
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