Active Shooter incidents, where a suspect has started shooting, are highly unpredictable and volatile. They are also very rare. Here’s a list of recommended actions. Remember, use common sense and follow the instructions of emergency personnel.
Have an escape route and plan in mind.
Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
Leave your belongings behind.
Help others escape if possible.
Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
Follow the instructions of police officers.
Do not attempt to move wounded people.
Remain out of the active shooter’s view.
Your hideout should provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e. an office with a closed and locked door).
Blockade the door with heavy furniture, turn off the lights, close blinds, and silence cell phones.
Your location shouldn’t trap you or restrict your options for movement.
Remain quiet and do not answer the door until emergency personnel arrive.
As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, you may choose to attempt to take the active shooter down: