Active Shooter Response Options: Run / Hide / Fight

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High anxiety is today's normal and public shootings are no longer unusual. We must constantly practice Situational Awareness and Pre-Attack Indicators (pay attention to what, and who, is going on around you). Learn to react properly (don't panic) to an Active Shooting Encounter. If this happens to you, Run or Hide or Fight.
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This training video, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 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 describes 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:
Personal Preparation to Stop a Mass Shooter
Training to Stop an Active Shooter
DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Resources and Companion Video
Strategies to Escape an Active Shooter
Firearms Training for Personal Defense
Building a Personal Defense Strategy
Moral Decay: The Cause of Increased Violence