Let me start out by saying, if you don’t read any of my other blog posts, read this one. This method to surviving an active shooter situation was created by the University of Texas at Austin and is called “Run. Hide. Fight.” This is not linear, meaning, it does not have to be done in that order. However, it could be the key to survival.
Run: Get out of the building. Know where your emergency exits, low windows and escape routes are and exit the building quickly and efficiently. Encourage others to leave with you and notify those outside of the building so they do not enter.
Hide: Find a safe place away from the line of sight of the shooter. TURN OFF ALL CELLPHONES. The last thing you want is excess noise.
Fight: Once you hit this stage, you have to make a commitment. There is no “kind of” anymore. Fight like you never fought before. Find objects in the office such as chairs, phones or fire extinguishers. Spray the attacker in the eye with the fire extinguisher. Use the element of surprise. Anything you can do, do.
Here is a link to the video showing the different stages in great detail. Viewer discretion is advised:
Its sad that this is the world we now live in, however, this is our reality. Make sure you are prepared and go through scenarios in your head about what you would do or where you would go should an active shooter enter the building. Practice. Practice. Practice.
BE PROACTIVE. #ExpelFear
Until next time,