Active Shooter

QUICKLY DETERMINE THE MOST REASONABLE WAY TO PROTECT YOUR OWN LIFE.

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.

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.

Additional Resources

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)