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What to do in an active shooter situation

Posted at 7:03 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 22:03:27-05
As we saw in San Bernardino, government facilities and employees are often the target in mass shootings.
Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears has new information on what Nevada is doing to protect its own.
Due to the increasing number of these horrifying scenes, Nevada's department of public safety took a proactive step and created a class.  
It's for state employees who are "soft targets" meaning they work in areas where armed officers are not assigned on a regular basis.  
The goal is to prepare workers for how to respond if there's an active shooter.  
Just like if what unfolded in San Bernardino were to happen here.  
More than 3,500 state employees have taken the class taught by Nevada's capitol police. Prevention is key. Employees are trained to look for risk factors.
They used video from Houston, depicting a dramatic scene. A man walks into an office setting, pulls a pump-action shot gun from a backpack and fires, striking several victims within seconds.
Warning: Video contains graphic material.
If you are ever to find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan. 
That plan includes three options:
1. Run if you can get out of the area.
2. Hide if you can't get out.
3. Fight if you have no choice.  
Fighting back is a last resort, but in several situations, law enforcement notes that unarmed citizens have successfully held down a shooter.  
Police say working together or alone, it's important to act aggressively. 
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has produced this video that may help you survive an active shooting.
WARNING: This video may be considered graphic in nature.