Active Shooter Response Options: Run / Hide / Fight

With the rash of mass shootings over the past few years, I thought I would post this. After all, this is a blog about preparing for emergencies. I pray that you never find yourself in this kind of horror but, if it should happen, I hope this is helpful to prepare you for your safety and survival and for those you care about. Please feel free to pass it on if you feel it's useful. The direct link to this Posting is:

Click here to view a training video from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The video (Options for Consideration) demonstrates possible actions to take if confronted with an active shooter scenario. The instructive video reviews the choices of evacuating, hiding, or, as an option of last resort, challenging the shooter. The video also shows how to assist authorities once law enforcement enters the scene.


How to Respond When an Active Shooter is in Your Vicinity: Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life:
1. Run (Evacuate). If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:
2. Hide. If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:
If the active shooter is nearby:
If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:
3. Fight (Take action against the active shooter). As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
CCW Preparation to Stop a Mass Shooter
DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Resources and Companion Video
Building a Personal Defense Strategy