How to Survive a Workplace Shooting

A workplace safety consultant and former FBI special agent share what you need to do to survive an active shooter situation.
3:38 | 12/03/15

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Back at 7:41 now with a look at what you can do if you're ever caught in an active shooter situation. You see those terrified workers being led to safety by police. Experts say 80% of us freeze when confronted with disaster or danger. ABC's Elizabeth vargas found out steps you can take that may help you survive. You need to react. The first five seconds of an active shooter incident is paramount. Reporter: Workplace safety consultant John bruener says in moments of crisis our brains delivery system can be overwhelmed. On the other hand our muscle memory, things we've practiced over and over can kick into overdrive and that's how you can save your life. Option one, run. Fear in this situation, Elizabeth, and you know the shooter is pretty far away right here. We have an exit. We'll tell people if we have a shooter down the hall let's exit over here. Reporter: If there's no quick way out use anything to create a distraction. A fire extinguisher can create a literal smoke screen. If you train for these situations you will strengthen that muscle memory. Reporter: Like the fire drill, right. We should be doing drills? We're getting to that stage. Reporter: Say you're trapped and there is no way to run? Option two, hide. In the bathroom without a lock. Bruener says improvise by using a belt to slow down entry. If you have to hide inside an office. We lock this door. Have any secondary devices, these are assist you. Like a doorstop. Like a doorstop, absolutely. Reporter: What if you're cornered in your office and the gunman finds your hiding spot. If you're hearing him bust through this door you have to quit the hide and you have to attack. Reporter: Option three, fight. The minute he comes in the door I go at him. You need to be aggressive and fight yore your life. Look for anything that can be used as a weapon. Taking those scissors and what do I do? Go for their throat. You go for any piece of body you can. Maybe you need to stab him in the shoulder. Maybe you need to stab him in the face. It becomes survival. You have to develop a vur viefl warrior mind-set. Our thanks to Elizabeth for that. Great suggestions. We'll bring back former FBI special agent and ABC news consultant brad Garrett. So, run, hide, fight, call someone. What are your suggestion, brad? I'd rather you not call someone. If so place your phone on silent, send a message say I'm okay. Please communicate with the police but the real key, robin is to keep your wits about you. If you're hiding, you may have to move. You say not to call someone. We saw so many yesterday sending their loved ones text messages and some of them were being interviewed as they were giving these text messages from loved ones that are trapped inside and so if you are watching and you know somebody that's in that building, should you call? Should you text them what should someone do from the outside? Well, they should actually call the police. You really need to have lines of communication straightened 0 out with family, friends, loved ones, et cetera that you're only going to do minimal communication because the fear is obviously someone's going to hear you and you can compromise where you're hiding. But you know people just want to -- they want to know that their loved one is okay but that's good to know that may not be the right way to go in contacting them like that. Correct. The real key is have them communicate with the police. All right, brad, thank you very much. All things hopefully we will not have to do but good to have that in mind.

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