An "active shooter" is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people with the use of firearms. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and can escalate quickly, often ending within five to fifteen minutes, sometimes before emergency responders arrive.
Responding quickly is critical, and individuals need to make their own decisions as to how to react and protect themselves.
- RUN. Quickly move away from the perpetrator if it is sage to do so. Because conditions change, be prepared to seek alternative means of egress. Take access card and cell phone if possible. Call 911 from a safe location.
- HIDE. If you cannot get away, hide. Silence phones, radios, and alarms. Barricade yourself in a room if possible. Turn off lights. If others are with you, do not huddle together.
- FIGHT. As a last effort, look for objects that can be used as weapons to throw - phones, staplers, lamps, etc.
When police arrive, remain quiet, avoid sudden movements, keep hands visible, and follow instructions.