Educate Your Citizens
After the recent tragic mass shootings, the City of Houston, Texas has released a timely instructional video on YouTube called “Run, Hide, Fight.” The six-minute video shows exactly what to do when someone starts shooting in a public place, and has already been viewed more than one million times.
The video project was first envisioned back in 2008, triggered by the three-day shooting spree in Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people. Houston officials realized their first responders were well trained to handle such a situation but citizens were not.
Houston used money from a federal grant to research and produce the movie. Initially, Houston officials planned to release the video as part of a safety campaign, but the shooting in Colorado convinced them not to wait to release it.
Requests to reuse the video from agencies across the U.S. and even Europe have been pouring in since its release.
The video emphasizes an easy to remember mantra of run, hide, fight and explains each scenario in detail.
Be warned before watching, the video includes somewhat graphic simulated images of people being shot by an assailant inside an office building.