How to handle an active shooter situation

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COPING WITH AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION

  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
  • Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit
  • If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door
  • Attempt to take the active shooter down as a last resort
 

PROFILE OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER

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 SITUATION

  • Victims are selected at random
  • The event is unpredictable and evolves quickly
  • Law enforcement is usually required to end an active shooter situatio

HOW TO RESPOND HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY

1. EVACUATE

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind and know all exits, conventional or otherwise.
  • Run and keep your head below windows, cabinets, etc
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Keep your hands visible

2. HIDE OUT

  • Hide in an area well out of the shooter’s view
  • Know where all impenetrable solid objects like thick concrete walls, engine blocks, safes are located
  • Block entry to your hiding place (e.g.a desk under the door handle) and lock the doors
  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager

3. TAKE ACTION

  • When your life – or the life of someone you are prepared to die for – is in imminent danger:
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter
  • Shoot. As Wayne LaPierre likes to observe, “The best thing against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” If you have a gun now’s the time to use it. I also carry a taser. Remember to get some defense handgun training. Having a gun is one thing. Shooting at moving living target under pressure is a whole different thing. (Message me below if you want to know where I go for this training, Kelly)

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES

  • Remain calm and follow instructions
  • Put down all items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets)
  • Raise hands and spread fingers and put your own weapon down gently
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD PROVIDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR 911 OPERATOR

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

CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO