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