POSTED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 11:59am
UPDATED: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 1:53pm
EL PASO — A gunman, dressed in black and armed to kill, enters an office building and opens fire on his victims. Gripped with fear and panic, the innocent scramble to dive for cover.
But this scenario is a video simulation of a shooting. It was created by the Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security in Houston and funded by the Department of Homeland Security. Officials say it isn't real but it could happen to anybody.
The Department says you have three options in a crisis like this. You can run, hide, or fight.
If you can find a way to flee the scene, do it right away and take others with you, if possible.
Leave your belongings behind.
Prevent others from getting close to the shooter and call 9-11 once you're safe.
If you can't run, find a safe place to hide. Lock and block the door, and hide behind a large object.
Remember to silence your cellphone and be very quiet.
If you can't run or hide, and your life is in danger, then fight back.
Try to disarm the shooter and be aggressive. Use anything you can as a weapon.
Sergeant Chris Mears from the El Paso Police Department says when it comes to children, some parents may not want to share the video with their kids.
"I would talk to the school first, probably to see what the school is teaching them on it. I wouldn't want to confuse kids if the school has their lockdown policy in place and is training them," said Mears.
We showed the video to some parents who are choosing to educate their families a different way.
"That is for those who are in charge of safety and not those who are in charge of going to school and learning," said Patrick Tarwater.
"I would not show that video to my child. It's too graphic for the age of my children. Maybe for college students or maybe for high school but not for elementary kids," said Stephanie Otero.
Otero attended a presentation at Mesita Elementary School tonight, where administrators educated parents about the different emergency plans Mesita has in place.
"With the recent events that have happened not only in December in Connecticut but other shootings, I think it's important as parents that we inform ourselves so that we can help our schools do the best we can to keep our kids safe," said Otero.
If you'd like to watch the full video, click HERE