Active Shooter

Active Shooter
Law enforcement officers rehearse their response to an active shooter in a public building
An “active shooter” is a person trying to shoot or kill people in a populated area. Active shooter events usually are over within 10-15 minutes – often before law enforcement arrives.

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life.

  • Run.  Escape quickly and quietly.  Leave your belongings.  Call 9-1-1 when safe.
  • Hide.  If you can’t safely escape, hide.  Block entry to your hiding place. Turn off lights, lock the door, hide behind a large item, silence cell phones, stay quiet.  Call 9-1-1 when it is safe.  If you can’t talk, leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is happening.
  • Fight.   As an absolute last resort, act aggressively.  Throw items, improvise weapons, yell.  Commit to your actions.
  • Follow police instructions.

View video: Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event (from Ready Houston – warning: graphic content)

FEMA online course for individuals, managers and employees: Active Shooter – What You Can Do (IS 907)

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund