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Office of Emergency Management
Active Violence

Incidents of active violence involve person(s) who try to injure or kill people in a populated area or at an event.  Active violence events usually are over within 10-15 minutes – often before law enforcement arrives.

QUICKLY DETERMINE THE MOST REASONABLE WAY TO PROTECT YOUR OWN LIFE.

  • Run.  Escape quickly and quietly.  Leave your belongings.  Call 9-1-1 when safe.

  • Hide.  If you can't safely escape, hide.  Block entry to your hiding place. Turn off lights, lock the door, hide behind a large item, silence cell phones, and stay quiet.  Call 9-1-1; If you can't talk, leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is happening or send a text message to 9-1-1 instead.

  • Fight.  As an absolute last resort, act aggressively.  Throw items, improvise weapons, yell.  Commit to your actions.

  • Follow police instructions and keep your hands visible when you encounter law enforcement officers.

For additional information, watch the Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event from Ready Houston below.

Warning: graphic content

 

 

 

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