In the wake of the devastating mass shooting in South Texas, it’s important to make sure people have a plan and know what to do, should it happen to them at work or in public places.
The FBI and Homeland Security have created videos to help you. Not for schools but for places like concerts, churches, movies and other gathering places. Videos require three things.
They say the best chance of surviving an active shooter is to run, hide and fight. Authorities said people should plan ahead and talk to family and friends about what to do. Security experts said that as soon as people heard gunshots, the first thing to do was to run. They should not assume it is a toy or firework. They should assume the worst and get as far away from the gunfire as possible, as quickly as possible.
Homeland Security officers say many people tend to freeze, leaving people vulnerable and wasting valuable time. Most people are killed in an active shooter situation within the first three to five minutes, so acting quickly is essential.
They say if you can’t run away from the shooter, the best option is to hide, but not under a desk or somewhere with no cover. Instead, barricade yourself in an office, bathroom, conference room, and pile up as many items as you can in front of the door. Turn off your cell phones and be silent.
Finally, if there is no other choice and the shooter is about to face you, fight. Experts said it was better to attack the weapon first than the person. Aim the barrel away from people and if there is a group of you all attack together.
Homeland Security says whether you’re running, hiding, or fighting, the most important thing is to commit to your decision, because it could mean the difference between life or death.