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Active Shooter – What Would You Do?

According to the Department of Homeland Security, an “Active Shooter” is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation. A few tips if you find yourself in an Active Shooter situation;

  • Evacuate (Run) – if there is an accessible escape path, attempt to quickly evacuate the premises. Be sure to:
  1. Have an escape route and plan in mind;
  2. Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow;
  3. Leave your belongings behind;
  4. Help others escape, if possible;
  5. Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be;
  6. Keep your hands visible
  7. Follow the instructions of law enforcement;
  8. Do not attempt to move wounded people;
  9. Call 9-1-1 when safe to do so.
  • 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:
  1. Be out of the active shooter’s view;
  2. Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (e.g. an office with a closed and locked door);
  3. Not trap you or restrict your options for movement;
  4. To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
  5. Blockade the door with heavy furniture
    • Lock the door
    • Silence your cell phone and/or pager;
    • Turn off any source of noise (e.g. radios, televisions);
    • Hide behind large items (e.g. cabinets, desks);
    • Remain quiet;
  • Fight – If evacuation and hiding are not possible:
  1. Remain calm;
  2. Dial 9-1-1, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location;
  3. If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen;
  4. Take action against the active shooter;
  5. As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to:
    • disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
      • Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her;
      • Throwing items and improvising weapons;
      • Yelling;
      • Commit to your actions to save your life.

For more information about how to protect your people, assets and brand, contact the Fallston Group at 410.420.2001 or email at Info@FallstonGroup.com.

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