Active Shooter

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:

  • Act aggressively against him/her.
  • Throw items and improvise weapons.
  • Yell and fight.
  • Commit to your actions and follow through.