More often we're hearing horrific news of suicide bombers and active shooters taking the lives of many.
The Department of Homeland Security has teamed up with the Houston Police Department and made a YouTube video that can help in these situations.
For many people like Helena Cintron, getting caught up in a daily routine, can stop you from having a clear plan for what you would do if something like this were to ever happen.
"The best thing to do is just cooperate and pray to God that you make it through," said Cintron.
"Just stand there and watch them, I mean you can't do much," said Temple resident Jack Sauls.
But if you follow these tips in the video, it could actually save your life.
"Just run or get down that's the only thing I can think of," said Temple resident Maria Brounda.
Just like the recent shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, Temple Police Sergeant Brad Hunt had his own experience with a shooter.
"It's really hard to know until a shot is being fired at close range to your own life being in danger is what you really will do," said Hunt.
Which is why he recommends people following the tips in the video:
If you can run and escape, if not try and hide behind something a bullet can't puncture.
And if all else fails, attack and fight for your life.
"We're never going to tell a citizen go put yourself in harms way, and that's why I totally agree with the order of operations, I guess you could say like the video," said Hunt.
Aware that anything could happen at anytime, Cintron said not only does she keep an eye out for herself, but also those most important to her.
"We went to Schlitterbahn Monday and I was like stay with me, cause you never know where something could go wrong," said Cintron.
Police said although many of us will never experience instances like the recent ones in Colorado and Wisconsin, it's always best to be prepared for the worst.
If you'd like to take a look at the video to see how you can protect yourself and your family.
You can find the link under the now button.