Following the mass casualty shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the City of Houston released an instructional video on what to do in case of a similar emergency.
Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the city hopes that the video can help people prepare people for the worst.
Entitled Run.Hide.Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event, it depicts a fictional shooting incident in a crowded office building.
The video encourages citizens to evaluate the situation and:
Run if a safe path is available. Always try and escape or evacuate even if others insist on staying.
Encourage others to leave with you but don’t let the indecision of others slow down your own effort to escape.
Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 9-1-1.
If you can’t get out safely, find a place to hide.
When hiding, turn out lights, remember to lock doors and silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone
As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons and fight.
For more information on how to be prepared for an active shooter and to view or order a copy of the Are You Ready? DVD, which includes the Run.Hide.Fight. video, visit www.ReadyHoustonTX.gov. The video in English and Spanish can also be viewed at www.iwatchhouston.org.