Run, Hide, Fight, Surviving an Active Shooter Event
- Have an escape 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;
- 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);
- Should not trap you or restrict your options for movement;
- Lock the door;
- Barricade the door with heavy furniture;
- Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her;
- Throwing items and improvising weapons;
- Committing to your actions;
Remember ... RUN, HIDE, FIGHT
What you can Expect from First Responders
Police officers responding to an active shooter are trained to proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard; their purpose is to stop the threat, as quickly as possible. The first responding officers will normally be in teams; they may be dressed in regular police uniforms, or they may be wearing external bullet-resistant protective vests, Kevlar helmets, and other tactical equipment. The police officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, or handguns, and might also be using pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation.
Regardless of how they appear, remain calm, do as the police officers tell you, and do not be afraid of them. Put down any bags or packages you may be carrying and keep your hands visible at all times; if you know where the shooter is, tell the police officers. The first police officers to arrive will not stop to aid injured people; rescue teams composed of other police officers and emergency medical personnel will follow the first police officers into secured areas to treat and remove injured persons.
Keep in mind that even once you have escaped to a safer location, the entire area is still a crime scene; police officers will usually not let anyone leave until the situation is fully under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Until you are released, remain at whatever assembly point authorities designate.