UNION, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — What would you do if a gunman barged into your office?
A video called “Run. Hide. Fight.” has some advice for the public and it’s raising a few eyebrows.
The graphic video, made by the city of Houston, tells people how to survive if a gunman walks into their office and starts shooting.
“It may feel like just another day in the office,” the narrator of the video says. “But sometimes bad people do bad things.”
The nearly 6-minute clip says people should be “prepared for the worst” and should “always try to escape or evacuate…even when others insist on staying.”
If you can’t run, the video advises “you should hide.”
“Turn off the lights and if possible, lock doors, silence the ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone,” the clip further states.
And as a last resort, victims are told to fight back.
“Act with aggression, improvise weapons, disarm him and commit to taking the shooter down no matter what,” the narrator says.
CBS 2’s Christine Sloan showed the video to members of the Union County SWAT team in New Jersey. They endorsed it, including the advice of attacking a shooter as a last resort.
“It’s only at such a time that your life is in imminent danger and you have no other options,” Lt. Dennis Burke said.
SWAT team members told CBS 2’s Sloan that anything can be used as a weapon, including a chair or a vase. However, they said it should be a group effort.
“[If] it looks like the shooter is coming into your room, get your group together. Look what’s in a room, pick up a lamp, do whatever you can to prepare yourself,” Lt. James Russo said.
The Union County SWAT team said it would consider making a similar video if it had the money. Many office workers that spoke with CBS 2 said they like the video’s message.
“I would hit the floor, try to hide because a moving target is the first thing the eye sees and they will go after that first,” said Reginald Miles, of Orange.
CBS 2’s Sloan also asked people if the public service announcement startled them and “no” was the answer that was heard the most because many believe it could save a life.
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