HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation.

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

Have an escape route and plan in mind

Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow

Leave your belongings behind

Help others escape, if possible

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

Call 911 when you are safe

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., radios, televisions)

Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)

Remain quiet if evacuation and hiding out are not possible:

Remain calm

Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location

If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen

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

Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her

Throwing items and improvising weapons

Yelling

Committing to your actions

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES

Law enforcement’s purpose is to stop the active shooter as soon as possible. Officers will proceed directly to the area in which the last shots were heard.

Officers may wear regular patrol uniforms or external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets, and other

tactical equipment

Officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, handguns

Officers may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation

Officers may shout commands, and may push individuals to the ground for their safety

Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions

Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets) • immediately raise hands and spread fingers

Keep hands visible at all times

Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety

Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling

FOR TRAINING ON ACTIVE SHOOTER PREPARDENESS CONTACT:

COMMANDER JOHN HAMELBURG. [email protected]