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Safety tips to protect yourself against an active shooter in the workplace

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Recent shootings in the U.S. have people concerned about ways to protect themselves against a shooter in the workplace.

KSFY News sat down with one local sheriff about a YouTube video called Run Hide Fight which shows how you can protect yourself.

A warning, the video is only a re-enactment but it maybe difficult for some to watch.

It's hard to imagine finding ourselves face-to-face with an armed shooter.

Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said "there's a lot on the news about these incidents, there's not a lot on the news what to do in them."

Sheriff Milstead explained the video offers a survival plan to what's called an active shooter.

"Probably one of the most important parts of this is to help identify even in you workplace. to take a look around and say if something really bad did happen here, what would I do and have a plan. It's no different than we make plans if a tornado came," Sheriff Milstead said.

How you respond to an active shooter in the workplace can be the difference between life and death. The video shows three options for survival,  you can run, hide or fight.

"What it really requires is for people to be aware of their surroundings. Whether that's your work environment or if your 're in a public place and what would you do if something happened," Sheriff Milstead said.

"We're not trying to scare people but some of these incidents are pretty scary incidents," Sheriff Milstead said.

If it came down to it, the video shows what could be your last option, to fight back.

"I think it was pretty clear the individual was going to come in armed, had been shooting, was coming in and this was their last stand. And would you use anything you could for a weapon, including a weapon if you had one, the answer is 'yes'," Sheriff Milstead said.

The sheriff recognizes every situation is different but wanted to provide a resource for anyone looking for answers on what to do in a deadly situation.

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