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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.

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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