An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active shooter event as to whether he/she chooses to run to safety or remain in place.
Be prepared to run, shelter in place, or take on the shooter.
If Outside When Shooting Occurs
- Run away from the threat if you can, as fast as you can. Run in a zigzag pattern, and use vehicles, bushes, trees and other objects that could shield you from the view of a shooter.
- If you can get away from the area of immediate danger, call for help (9-1-1) and warn others.
- If you are unable to run away, drop to the ground immediately, face down as flat as possible. If within 15-20 feet of a safe place or somewhere out of the suspect’s view, duck and run into it.
- Move or crawl away from gunfire, utilize any obstructions between you and the gunfire.
- When you reach a place of relative safety, evaluate your location to determine if it is a good place to hide. If so, stay down and do not move.
- Wait and listen for directions from the Police. When the Police arrive, obey commands. You may be told to lie face down, raise up your hands, or may be handcuffed. This is for safety reasons. Do not run at the Police.
If Inside When Shooting Occurs
- If possible, quickly exit the building and evacuate to a safe area away from danger.
- Call 9-1-1
- If not possible to exit safely, stay inside the classroom/office.
- If possible, close and lock the outside door to the room and barricade it.
- Close the blinds, turn off the lights, remain quiet and move behind objects that may conceal you from the suspect. Stay on the floor, away from the doors or windows, and do not peek out to see what is happening.
- If the armed assailant enters your area, your option may be limited to fighting them to survive. Use anything you can find as an improvised weapon and attack with others if possible.
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