Mass shootings are a very real part of life in the United States. So unfortunately, it’s time for everyone to learn survival strategies that might save their lives if they’re caught in the middle of a mass shooting. Keep reading to learn how to react if you find yourself in a dreadful situation like this, including the No. 1 thing that might increase your chance of survival (page 8).
1. Run, hide, fight
Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security, talked to Good Housekeeping about training to stay alive during a mass shooting. She said the best — and easiest thing — thing to remember is to either run, hide, or fight.
“Run, which means evacuate. Hide means find shelter. And in the worst-case scenario, if you have to fight, fight to save your life,” she said. Keep in mind that you don’t have to do Durkovich’s steps in order — it will depend on the environment. “You can’t always find an escape route, so it may require that you find a hiding place that is out of the visibility of the shooter,” she said.
Next: Be on the lookout.