Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Not about farming: Run. Hide. Fight.

Last week the news had a clip about a safety training video created for the City of Houston. It was made to help employees understand what to do if they were involved in a workplace or mass shooting. The video was created before the Aurora tragedy with the help of Homeland Security but was recently released on youtube.

I gotta tell you, the video is pretty good. Borrowing from the old "stop drop and roll" school of easy-to-remember training this video clearly teaches to Run. Hide. Fight.

A couple things that I liked about it, aside from the basic strategy of getting out of the situation as fast as you can, taking cover and getting out of sight, and of course fighting back - in that order - was that the video reminded people that the first responders to the scene are immediately focused on finding the shooter. I think we all know this but its good to remember that if you are caught up in this situation that you have to rely on yourself first, to stay out of the way of the first responders while they do their job, and to remember that you can be part of the solution.

While no one wants to think something like this would ever happen to them, I think we can all agree that being prepared is the best strategy. Its worth six minutes of your day to watch this video and share it with folks you know.

We'll be back to farming tomorrow, but as I'm sitting here watching the news they are talking about the Arizona shooting involving Gabby Giffords, they opened the news cast with the Sikt temple shooting in WI, and of course we are all still reeling about those folks in Colorado who just wanted to go to a movie one night.  We can't pretend that these situations don't happen.  It makes you wonder what would happen if those folks had this kind of training - its easy to remember: Run. Hide. Fight.

Its a hard thing to think about but we are all in this together so we can do this. Now go watch the video and send it to everyone you know.


Editors note: this is not the place to debate gun control so lets all keep our comments on that to ourselves. Since this is a highly charged topic I'll be keeping a tight reign on the comment moderation so lets stick to things like "great information I'm sending it to everyone I know." Ok?

9 comments:

Diana said...

"Great information I'm sending it to everyone I know, ok?"

LOL. Seriously though, I have always wondered what to do in that situation. Especially if I had my two babies with me...

Ohiofarmgirl said...

That's a girl, Diana! And yep we all need to know what to do. Run with those babies for sure.

nancy said...

I always figured run first as it's hard to hit a moving target, and be silent. Some people scream in a bad situation- attracts attention, do you want that? :( Keep your trap shut :) Thanks for the info!

small farm girl said...

Wow, really hits home. We never think of it happening where you are. Great info!

Annnightflyer said...

You know what is sad? We live in a society today that now we don't know what is going to happen any more.You hear of things happening in other countries but not here.

Damummis said...

Hairball!!! History repeats its self.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Nancy - exactly. I thought it was interesting also that they said to leave the "indecisive" behind and save yourself.

Thanks SFG - you are just right, you never think its going to happen to you.

Yep, AnnNF, it is very sad. And its good to be prepared. I keep thinking this, or something like it, should be shown in all the schools.

David said...

Thanks for that.

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

Thanks for posting the link to the video. Good advice to keep in mind in any public places these days. I immediately sent the link to my niece and sister and then called them and insisted they watch it ASAP.

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