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Active Shooter

BE INFORMED

    • Sign up for an active shooter training.
    • If you see something, say something to an authority right away.
    • Sign up to receive local emergency alerts and register your work and personal contact information with any work sponsored alert system.
    • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.

MAKE A PLAN

    • Make a plan with your family, and ensure everyone knows what they would do, if confronted with an active shooter.
    • Look for the two nearest exits anywhere you go, and have an escape path in mind & identify places you could hide.
    • Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs.

DURING

RUN and escape, if possible.

    • Get away from the shooter or shooters is the top priority.
    • Leave your belongings behind and get away.
    • Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
    • Warn and prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
    • Call 911 when you are safe, and describe shooter, location, and weapons.

HIDE, if escape is not possible.

    • Get out of the shooter’s view and stay very quiet.
    • Silence all electronic devices and make sure they won’t vibrate.
    • Lock and block doors, close blinds, and turn off lights.
    • Don’t hide in groups- spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the shooter.
    • Try to communicate with police silently through text message or social media- so they know geo-tagged location, or by putting a sign in a window.
    • Stay in place until law enforcement gives you the all clear.
    • Your hiding place should be out of the shooter's view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.

FIGHT, as an absolute last resort.

    • Commit to your actions and act as aggressively as possible against him/her.
    • Recruit others to ambush the shooter with makeshift weapons like chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc. to distract and disarm the shooter.
    • Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the shooter.
    • Throw items and improvise weapons.

AFTER

    • Keep hands visible and empty.
    • Know that law enforcement’s first task is to end the incident, and they may have to pass injured along the way.
    • Follow law enforcement instructions and evacuate in the direction they come from.
    • Officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, and/or handguns and may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation.
    • Officers will shout commands and may push individuals to the ground for their safety.
    • Consider seeking professional help for you and your family to cope with the long-term effects of the trauma.Helping the Wounded.
    • Take care of yourself first, and then you may be able to help the wounded before first responders arrive:
    • If the injured are in immediate danger, help get them to safety.
    • While you wait for first responder to arrive, provide first aid- apply direct pressure to wounded and use tourniquets if you have been trained to do so;
    • Turn wounded people onto their sides if they are unconscious and keep them warm.