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Active shooter information

Profile of an Active Shooter

According to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.” 

Characteristics of an Active Shooter

  • Victims are selected at random – no pattern
  • The event is unpredictable and evolves quickly
  • Law enforcement is usually required to end an active shooter situation

When an Active Shooter is in your vicinity   

  1. RUN 
    • Have an escape route and plan in mind
    • Leave your belongings behind
    • Keep your hands visible for law enforcement
  2. HIDE
    • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
    • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
    • Silence your cell phone and/or pager
  3. FIGHT
    • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
    • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
    • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the shooter

Call 911 When It Is Safe To Do So

Information you should provide to 911 or law enforcement

  • Location of the active shooter
  • Number of shooters
  • Physical description of shooters
  • Number and type of weapons held by the shooters
  • Number of potential victims at the location 

How to respond when law enforcement arrives

  • Remain calm and follow instruction
  • Put down any items in your hands
  • Raise hands and spread fingers, keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating