While rare, active shooter situations do occur. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the situation. Because active shooter situations often are over within 10 to 15 minutes, sometimes before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
Take a moment now to review a video co-developed by the US Department of Homeland Security and the City of Houston on “Run-Hide-Fight” click here. Please be warned, it is quite chilling and graphic, and it shows you what you can do during such a situation.
So, in the event you hear gunfire remember: Run. Hide. Fight.
Run. Get out and get away, as quietly and quickly as possible.
Hide. If you can’t flee, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
Fight. If all else fails, and only as a last resort, attack the shooter with whatever makeshift weapons you can find (scissors, portable fire extinguishers, chairs, etc.) to disarm and disable. It is best, when possible, to work with others.
When law enforcement arrives:
NYPD active shooter pamphlet: click here
The US Department of Homeland Security: click here