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Tips to Survive a Mass Shooting

Tips to Survive a Mass Shooting

The headline alone is enough to cause panic but the reality is there have been over 35 mass shootings since the Aurora movie theatre in July 2012, according to ABC News. Not only do you need to be prepared in case the unthinkable happens but you need to educate and prepare those who depend on you: your family, co-workers, and friends.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Houston Police Department have joined forces and released a video on YouTube to educate the average person on what to do if they are caught in a mass shooting. The Houston PD received a $200,000 grant from Homeland Security to demonstrate DHS’ Run. Hide. Fight guidance if confronted by an “active shooting.” Active shootings are unpredictable and quick: typically over in less than 15 minutes and before police or help can arrive. There’s virtually no time to make decisions: so preparation and training before a situation occurs is the smart path to follow. Think of an airplane flight: Thousands of flights take off daily, and many of us have flown hundreds of times. Yet each and every time the flight attendants demand our attention and try to prepare us for the unthinkable: an airline disaster.

Run. Hide. Fight (all quotes from the video)

Unfortunatley, you need to be prepared for the worst, advises the Houston PD.

  1. Run as far and as fast as you can from the shooter. “If you can get out, do.” Encourage anyone near you to run also. Leave your belongings behind. Once you’re out of the danger zone, call 911.

  3. Hide if there is nowhere to run to or all the exits are blocked. “Act quickly and quietly.” If you’re able to close a door between you and the shooter, try to lock or block or barricade the door by pushing furniture or boxes against the door to prevent the shooter from entering.  Turn off lights and your cell phone. Hide behind large objects. Stay quiet and calm.

  5. Fight for survival if you are forced to confront the shooter. If anyone is with you fight as a group. Use whatever you can get your hands on to attack the shooter: books, furniture, a pen. “Commit to taking the shooter down.”

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Watch: RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event

Other advice for surviving a mass shooting:

Some other important lessons learned from past mass shooting survivors include the importance of playing dead.
~ foxnews.com 

Whatever you do, do something. The first five seconds of an active shooter incident are paramount.
~ abc News

If you find yourself in a situation like this, keep your mouth shut. The last thing you want to do is make the shooter notice you.
~ businessinsider.com

You’ve read this article. You’ve watched the video. What next? Pass this information: share this article and video with your child’s school, your church, your place of work.

There is no such thing as being too prepared.

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