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August 20, 2012
Houston PSA tells what to do during a shooting incident

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, last month, the city of Houston's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security has released a public service announcement that describes what to do if you encounter an active shooter.

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Although such events are unpredictable, and motives and warning signs can vary, there are steps that can increase the chance for safety and survival. According to Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event, individuals should assess the situation and then:

  • Run if a safe path is available.
  • Encourage others to leave with you, but don’t let their indecision slow down your effort to escape.
  • Once out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone, and call 911.
  • Find a place to hide if you can’t get out safely. When hiding, turn out lights, lock doors, and silence your phone.
  • As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons, and fight.

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