What should you do in an active shooter situation?


 

What should you do in an active shooter situation?

Evacuate

Have an escape route and plan in mind

Leave your belongings behind

Keep your hands visible

Hide Out

Hide in an area out of the active shooter's view

Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors

Take Action

As a last resort and ONLY when your life is in imminent danger

Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter

Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter

Call 911 when it is safe to do so

How to React when Law Enforcement Arrives on the Scene

Remain calm and follow officers' instructions

Immediately raise hands and spread fingers

Keep hands visible at all times

Avoid making quick movements towards officer such as attempting to hold them for safety

Avoid pointing, screaming and or/yelling

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

Information You Should Provide Law Enforcement or 911 Operator

Location of the active shooter

Number of shooters

Physical description of shooter/s

Number and type of weapon held by the shooter/s

Number of potential victims at the location

Recognizing Signs if Potential Workplace Violence

An active shooter may be a current or former employee. Alert your human resources department if you believe an employee exhibits potentially violent behavior. Potentially violent behavior may include one or more of the following:

Increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs

Unexplained increase in absenteeism, and/or vague physical complaints

Depression/withdrawal

Increased severe mood swings and noticeably unstable or emotional responses

Increasingly talks of problems at home

Increased in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms and other dangerous weapons and violent crimes

Consult your building management or human resources department for more information and training on an active shooter response in your workplace

 

 


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