Surviving an Active Shooter Situation

“Shots Fired!” is the last thing you expect to hear in the workplace or at school. Unfortunately, the possibility of this violent event taking place in your community has become a reality that employees and students have to deal with. Although no one is exempt from this threat, injury or death does not have to be the inevitable outcome.

Watch the following videos to learn how to survive an active shoorter situation.

Shots Fired On Campus (Flash Video)

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Shots Fired In the Workplace (Flash Video)

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Active shooter situations are dynamic and evolve quickly. The response to active shooter situations will vary based on the specific circumstances. Be aware of various response alternatives, consider the specifics of the event and be prepared to act fast based on the information you have at that time.

General Response Guide:

  • Move away from violence or shooting: moving may involve going through windows or other unconventional means if normal exits are blocked
  • Move to a safe location
  • Move again if necessary, based on good information
  • Shelter in place or hide if moving is unsafe
  • Lock and Barricade Doors; block windows and close blinds
  • Turn off lights
  • Silence cell phones
  • Take cover behind dense, solid objects that might be effective in stopping bullets

When confronted with an active shooter with no alternatives for escape:

  • Attempt negotiations with shooter
  • Play dead

What to expect from responding police:

  • They will respond to the last area where shots were heard in order to stop the shooting as quickly as possible.
  • They will normally be in teams of four (4) and armed with rifles, shotguns, and/or handguns, as well as possibly using tear gas or pepper spray to regain control.
  • Try to remain calm and do not be afraid; follow all instructions.
  • Put down bags and/or packages, and keep your hands visible at all times.
  • If you know where the shooter is, inform the officer of their location.
  • The first officers to arrive will not respond to or aid those who are injured. Rescue teams and emergency personnel will address the injured as soon as possible.
  • The area will still be a crime scene; police usually will not let anyone leave until the area is secure and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Stay where you are told until the police dismiss you.

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