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Active Shooter / Active Assailent
An active Shooter situation is not common and considered very rare, however if you find yourself in this type of situation, you must respond fast. We know that individuals should be prepared for active shooter events and should trainied to make their own life-saving decisions.
Getting away from the shooter or shooters is the top priority. Leave your belongings behind and get away. Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow. Warn and prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be. Call 9-1-1 when you are safe and describe the shooter, location and weapons.
Get out of the shooter’s view and stay very quiet. Silence all electronic devices and make sure they won’t vibrate. Lock and block doors, close blinds and turn off lights. Don’t hide in groups. Spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the shooter. Try to communicate with police silently. Use text message or social media to tag your location or put a sign in a window. Stay in place until law enforcement gives you the all clear. Your hiding place should be out of the shooter's view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.
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Commit to your actions and act as aggressively as possible against the shooter. Recruit others to ambush the shooter with makeshift weapons like chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc. Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the shooter. Throw items and improvise weapons to distract and disarm the shooter.
- Option 1: Run
- Option 2: Hide
- Option 3: Fight
- Getting away from the shooter or shooters is the top priority.
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