Evacuate

Run: If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises.

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

Shelter-in-place

Hide: If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the active shooter’s view.
  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e. an office with a closed and locked door).
  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement.

To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:

  • Lock the door.
  • Blockade the door with heavy furniture.

If the active shooter is nearby:

  • Lock the door.
  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager.
  • Turn off any source of noise (i.e. radio, television).
  • Hide behind large items (i.e. cabinets, desks).
  • Remain quiet.

Protect Yourself

Fight: As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:

  • Locking the door.
  • Silencing your cell phone and/or pager.
  • Turning off any source of noise (i.e. radio, television).
  • Hiding behind large items (i.e. cabinets, desks).
  • Remaining quiet.
Did You Know?
The Harvard Injury Control Research Center assessed the literature on guns and homicide and found that there's substantial evidence that indicates more guns means more murders.(3) According to the FBI, 2014 and 2015 each saw 20 active shooter incidents. That’s more than any two-year average in the past 16 years, and nearly six times as many as the period between 2000 and 2001.(4) According to the FBI, around 40% of active shooters end up committing suicide.(5)
Action Items
  • Run
  • Hide
  • Fight

When Police Arrive

Put down any items in your hands.

  • Keep hands visible.

Follow all instructions.

Avoid making quick movements towards officers.

Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises.

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