Posted at: 09/16/2013 11:43 PM
| Updated at: 09/17/2013 4:53 PM
By: Jessica Layton
It's the scenario you never want to happen. But if by chance a gunman ever shows up at your workplace, there are three words you've got to remember -- run, hide, fight.
Deputy Ron Messen of the Albany County Sheriff's Department says it's more than a slogan, it's survival. He doesn't want anyone to ever question what they'd do in that kind of life and death situation.
The safety message is front and center in a new active shooter training video released by the sheriff's department online. The video at points is distressing and disturbing, but the times, it really hits home.
Messen does active shooter training sessions in work places throughout the area. He teaches that if you're ever confronted with a gunman in your building, the first thing to do is try to run away.
"You want to get out of the building," he said.
If there's no safe way to get out, then you hide.
"Get into a room, shut the door, close the blinds, turn off the phone," he added.
Your last resort is to fight. If you do come face to face with that gunman you've got to be all in, willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Because at that point, it might be your last chance.
"Unfortunately it's you or him and you want it to be you," Messen said.
Messen says before you're ever confronted with this frightening situation, the best thing you can do at all times is be aware of your surroundings and know the evacuation routes.
"It's very scary, but it's the harsh reality," he said.
Messen says the Albany County Sheriff's Department practices responding to mass shootings every month. If you want authorities to come to your business for training, you can contact the department's website.