How To Respond When An Active Shooter Is In Your Vicinity

HOW  TO RESPOND

WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY

QUICKLY DETERMINE THE MOST REASONABLE WAY TO PROTECT YOUR OWN LIFE. CUSTOMERS AND CLIENTS ARE LIKELY TO FOLLOW THE LEAD OF EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS DURING AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION. 

1.Run

•Have an escape route and plan in mind

•Leave your belongings behind

•Keep your hands visible

2.Hide 

•Hide in an area out of the activeshooter’s view.

•Block entry to your hiding placeand lock the doors

3.Fight 

•As a last resort and only whenyour life is in imminent danger.

•Attempt to inca pacitate the activeshooter

•Act with physical aggression andthrow items at the active shooter

CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO 

HOW TO RESPOND
WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES ON THE SCENE 

HOW YOU SHOULD REACT WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES:
•Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions

•Immediately raise hands and spread fingers

•Keep hands visible at all times

•Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety

•Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling

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

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD PROVIDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR 911 OPERATOR:
 •Location of the victims and the active shooter

•Number of shooters, if more than one

•Physical description of shooter/s

•Number and type of weapons held by the shooter/s

•Number of potential victims at the location

RECOGNIZING SIGNS
OF 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. INDICATORS OF 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

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