City of Houston releases video on surviving a workplace shooting

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Caleb Kimpel

The Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the city of Houston released a video on how to survive an active shooter event in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

The video entitled “Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event” wrapped up production two weeks before the shooting in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rising.”

“We didn’t release it at the time because we didn’t know it was relevant.” Dennis J. Stormski, the director of the department, told the Houston Chronicle, “Now it is.”

The 6-minute video suggests first trying to escape.

“Always try to escape and evacuate,” the video exhorts, “Even when others insist on staying.”

After escaping, the video recommends, keep others from the line of fire and call 911 for help.

When escape is not an option, the video continues, “You need to find a place to hide,” encouraging workers to turn off lights, silence their phones and keep quiet. If they can’t get to a closet or safe room, the narrator explains, it is best to hide behind large objects.

Finally, the video suggests that only as a last resort should workers fight the assailant. When they do, they should act decisively either together or alone to improvise weapons and incapacitate the shooter.

“I can’t imagine the horror and grief,” Houston Mayor Annise Parker said in a press release. “If it is at all possible for any good to come out of it, perhaps it can be letting people know the options to consider if it happens again.”

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