An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, there is no pattern or method to the shooter’s selection of victims. Most active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. You must be prepared to take immediate responsibility for your personal safety and security until law enforcement personnel arrive.
Response to an Active Shooter Incident:
Evacuate: If you suspect a potential active shooter situation, you must quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Make sure to leave your belongings behind and keep your hands visible. Always have an escape route and plan in mind even if you are just visiting.
Hide Out: If evacuation is not possible, you should find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors. Use heavy items to barricade yourself if possible. Remain quiet and silence your cell phone or pager.
Take Action: As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, you should attempt to incapacitate the shooter by acting with physical aggression and throwing items at the active shooter. Call 911 when it is safe to do so.