If you sit down with 5 different people and ask them what they'd do in the event of a terrorist attack they would give you 5 different answers. That's a problem. Terrorists want chaos. People who don't know they're supposed to do become easy obstacles for others, or worse, easy targets.
The Department of Homeland Security funded a video called Run Hide Fight which tells you that you should follow these 3 steps in an active shooter situation. While run, hide, fight is a good start, the method has been controversial.
Some feel this method is too weak and gives people a victim mentality. We'll give you the alternative to Run Hide, Fight below.
- Attempt to evacuate is possible.
- Evacuate even if others don't.
- Leave your belongings behind.
- Help others escape if possible.
- Prevent others from entering the area.
- Call 911 when you are safe.
- Lock and/or blockade the door.
- Silence your cellphone.
- Hide behind large objects.
- Stay quiet.
- Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
- Act with physical aggression.
- Improvise weapons.
- Commit to your actions.
The final step of run, hide, fight is waiting for the police.
- Remain calm and follow instructions.
- Keep your hands visible at all times.
- Avoid pointing or yelling.
- Know that help for injured is on the way.
But some critics think this is too soft and doesn't address problems. Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Mike Wood says specifically, there are three problems with the model:
1. It fails to address the “Freeze”
2. It’s based on linear thinking
3. It fosters a non-aggressive mindset
By encouraging potential victims to Run and Hide as their principal options, the model fosters a nonaggressive mindset that leaves the average person unprepared to fight back when the conditions demand it.
In the last fifty years or so, the public has been increasingly conditioned to think that the police have a monopoly on the use of violence in self-defense, and that citizens are not permitted to use violence to defend themselves.
This has to stop — immediately.
"Law enforcement tactics in response to active shooters have constantly evolved over the past two decades. We no longer establish perimeters and wait for SWAT or a perfect four-man diamond formation before we enter and close with the killer.
It’s time for our message to the public to evolve as well. It’s no longer acceptable for LE leaders and officers to promote and reinforce a sheep-like mentality that discourages citizens from using ethical and lawful force to defend themselves. This only serves to protect and embolden the wolves."
I think Mike has a good point. What if everyone swarmed the terrorists immediately?
Let's not kid ourselves, there will be casualties, but the terrorists also won't have time to reload.
So the question you and your family need to ask yourselves is this: Are you going to run, hide, fight, or charge the beachhead?