A workplace safety video posted on a website by the Alabama Department of Homeland Security was shown to Charleston County Council members last night by Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon. The video, entitled "Run, Hide, Fight" presents a simulated workplace shooting incident and suggests responses that could be taken to protect against a potential shooter:
Cannon made a presentation Thursday to Charleston County Council on a five-minute video, called “Run, Hide, Fight,” which is available on the Sheriff’s Office website. He encouraged council to in some way adopt and make use of the video, which already has been adopted by the city of Houston.
The video was produced with money from a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cannon said.
The video, which was originally developed by the Homeland Security department of the City of Houston, Texas is part of "Active Shooter Information", a safety resource website developed by Alabama Homeland Security in response to recent public mass shootings. Since it's release, the video has generated considerable publicity, including it's presentation by Sheriff Cannon.
It doesn't seem like this advice is an aberration as the video has also been shared on a number of other police websites, including St. Louis County, Missouri and Prince George's County, Maryland. A workplace security conference held earlier this year in California shared the same advice on how to respond. It's worth noting that in all cases, the experts say running or hiding are the best responses.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a workplace violence brochure online which offers the same advice.
Check out the video below: