An over-the-top instructional video has been released from a Homeland Security department on what to do if you are caught up in a mass shooting.
The six-minute tape, complete with pulsating soundtrack and blood spatter, advises that the best way to survive is follow three steps – run, hide or as a last resort, fight.
The clip was produced by the Houston Police Department in Alabama and published on November 5 by the state’s Homeland Security department. It depicts the nightmare which unfolds as a sole gunman stalks employees in an office building.
The melodramatic video has attracted a flurry of comments on YouTube about gun control and a variety of survival tips.
The camera then cuts between office workers happily chatting, working at their desks and answering phones to a man dressed in black, wearing sunglasses and carrying a backpack.
The voice reminds members of the public: ‘You have to be prepared for the worst.’
The graphic content then shows the man in black removing a shotgun from his backpack and opening fire on a crowded reception area as employees drop to the ground, blood spraying across walls and people running away screaming.
The voice-over continues: ‘If you are ever to find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan.’
The Homeland Security video suggests that there are three options for those caught up in the terrifying situation – run, hide, fight.
The clip then shows several employees darting between office cubicles to find an escape route. However, the video reminds the public that although they should help others – ‘don’t let them slow you down with indecision’.
Back in the building, other employees crouch behind tables and photocopiers, locking doors and turning off lights as screams and gunshots ring out.
In the final scene, a group of trapped employees decide to ‘fight’ as one woman cries hysterically. The others arm themselves with a chair, fire hydrant, coffee pot and leather belt as the gunman bursts in.
At the end of the instructional video, shaken employees gather around a fire truck as the life-saving instructions flash across the screen once more.
The video, which appears on Alabama’s Department of Homeland Security website, was posted on YouTube on November 5.
It comes with the disclaimer: ‘An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active shooter event as to whether he/she chooses to run to safety or remain in place.’
There has been a spate of deadly shootings across the U.S. this year culminating in the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school on December 14 where 20 children and six teaching staff were killed.
Source: The Daily Mail