During an active shooter event, chaos and fear at the scene can easily escalate the situation. However, with a few basic steps and preparation, you can be better prepared.
A new video from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Ready Houston emphasizes three important actions for anyone involved in an active shooter situation:
- Hide and
Emergency response professionals recommend these three simple steps as they are easy to remember and can help you and those around you formulate a basic plan. First responders can take notes from the FBI video, along with the Department of Homeland Security resources for active shooter preparedness to educate members of the public.
The video makes clear that running is the most imperative step. Follow a planned escape route and communicate and encourage others to follow you. Always leave all valuables and personal belongings behind. Call 911 when you reach a safe area.
If there is no way to escape, the video offers tips on how to hide. It recommends trying to find a place that is completely out of the shooter’s line of vision. Seek immediate protection behind strong barriers, and, if possible, try to find a place that offers potential escape and does not completely restrict your ability to move. Be sure to remain quiet and silence your cell phone.
While it is best to leave subduing the shooter to the first responders, that may not always be an option. When hiding is no longer possible, and your life is at risk, the video advises viewers to take a stand against the shooter. Fully commit yourself to acting with physical aggression against the attacker. Do your best to use improvised weapons and try to incapacitate the shooter.
These three crucial steps can be used to help be better prepared to save your life or the lives of those around you. Be prepared to help others, take charge, and survive in the event of an active shooter. Emergency professionals can use these and other DHS tools to provide training to further prepare the public.
Learn more about active shooter situations and other emergencies at readyhoustontx.gov.