Why You Need Actionable Information
What should you do if you find yourself in an active shooter situation? The Department of Homeland Security advises following their national protocol, “Run, Hide, Fight.” This protocol originated from a video created by the City of Houston in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. In the reenactment, they talk you through what to do if you are ever in a crisis situation with an active shooter: Run if you can. Exit the building and get yourself out of harm's way. Call 9-1-1 immediately. If you can not go anywhere, hide. Turn off the lights and stay quiet. As a last resort and if the assailant finds you, then fight. Improvise a weapon and act with aggression. (Following the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol suggests that there is no other option to safety.) Practicing active shooter drills has become a preparatory measure in schools across the country. It is taught that students should run and hide, following the directions of their teachers and staff on campus, to help evacuate safely or stay in place until the police arrive. But, it is not suggested that students should fight the assailant. When first responders arrive, they have little to no actionable information on where and who the shooter is. They quickly learn the layout of the building and go in blindly to start clearing the area. Their first priority is to find and stop the shooter. They are not there to evacuate or tend to the injured. With traditional security cameras, it is impossible to know what is going on in real time. These systems often tell you what happened during the situation and not what is happening. The FBI recommends in an active shooter situation to follow the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol. This forces students and teachers to make decisions with little to no information and hope to survive. Students and teachers should not have to be the first line of defense from an active shooter. We developed the KnowWhere System in response to the information gap experienced by schools and first responders. With our system in place, now we can know where to run and hide, and first responders know who to fight to protect us.