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Learn how to live through anything life throws at you with these survival videos.
You Will Need
- A cool head
- Quick reflexes
- A little luck
Run first; ask questions later. Don’t miss your opportunity to escape by wasting time debating whether that noise was really a gunshot.
Barricade the door
If you’re trapped in a building with a shooter, lock yourself in a room and barricade the door with heavy furniture. The predator is likely to move on to more accessible victims.
Find a weapon
Find some sort of weapon – a pair of scissors, a letter opener, hot coffee, a stapler, a fire extinguisher. Even if you don’t injure the attacker, you may be able to distract him or throw him off balance.
Take cover behind something sturdy, like a file cabinet or a metal desk.
Listen for reloading
Listen for the 'click' that indicates his revolver is out of bullets, or the metallic clang that means the empty cartridge of his automatic pistol has fallen to the floor. He’ll have to pause to reload, giving you and others a chance to tackle him or escape.
If you do get shot, slow the bleeding by keeping direct pressure on the wound.
If you find yourself unable to avoid a life-or-death struggle with the shooter, go for his most vulnerable areas: gouge his eyes with your index and middle fingers; jab his Adam’s apple; or knee him in the groin.
Report odd behavior
Help prevent shooting rampages in the first place by reporting any odd behavior or threats to someone in authority.