Active Shooter

Run

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
  • Help others escape, if possible
  • Do not attempt to move wounded people
  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be
  • Keep your hands visible
  • Call 911 when you are safe

Hide

  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
  • Lock the door or block the entry to your hiding place
  • Silence your cell phone (including the vibrate model) and remain quiet

Fight

  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Commit to your actions…your life depends on it

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm and follow instructions
  • Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets)
  • Raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating

Information to Provide to 911 Operators

  • Location of the active shooter
  • Number of shooters
  • Physical description of shooters
  • Number and type of weapons held by shooters
  • Number of potential victims at the location

The first officers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Expect rescue teams to follow the initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove the injured.

Once you have reached a safe location, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control, and al witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.