California sheriff’s department hopes new ‘Surviving An Active Shooter’ video saves lives

California sheriff's department hopes new 'Surviving An Active Shooter' video PSA saves lives
California sheriff's department hopes new 'Surviving An Active Shooter' video PSA saves lives

LOS ANGELES – While it may be difficult to imagine the terror that would overcome people when faced with trying to survive a situation involving an active shooter at work, school, or just out in public, that’s the premise behind a new video created by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The video, just under nine and half minutes in length, is titled “Surviving An Active Shooter”  and is aimed at answering the question how do you safely escape such a horrific scenario.

The intense video starts out by depicting an HR representative of a trucking company informing a driver that his employment is being terminated.

In proceeding moments, the video shows the terminated worker pull a gun out and shoot the HR representative before opening the office door and open fire on several nearby former co-workers.

“If you do find yourself in the middle of a senseless attack, the ‘why’ doesn’t matter,” a narrator in the video says.

With a mix of graphic re-enactments, statistics on active shooter situations and mass casualty shootings in our country, the video provides a realistic sense of the emotions, decision-making and steps everyone should consider if ever faced with such a scenario.

Warning: This video contains graphic content. App viewers please click here to watch. 


Get Out. While trying to stay calm, the video encourages folks to visualize their movements before moving, using cover to stay out of site and shield themselves from bullets. Try to locate emergency exits that may serve as a shorter, quicker path away from the scene. Assist injured, if it’s safe to do so.

Secure Your Location. Try to get to a room that can be secured, if there is no way out of the immediate area. Lock, barricade the doors, silence cell phones and move away from windows.

Defend Yourself. In some cases, getting away from the scene may not be possible. In this case, officials recommend you look for an improvised weapon – anything that can distract the shooters ability to see, breath or control a weapon.

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