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Active Shooter Event

Learn How to Survive an ACTIVE SHOOTER Event

Run. Hide. Fight. (Video)

In the aftermath of the mass shooting event in Aurora, Colorado, the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security released a 5.56 minute video that provides key steps individuals should take if they encounter an active shooter. 

Although active shooter events are unpredictable, motives are different, and warning signs may vary, there are three things citizens can do to increase chances of safety and survival:

•        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

          Public Safety at 792-4196 or 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.


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"Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event" video— was produced and funded by the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security Department.


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