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Run Hide Fight - Survival Principles

Surviving an Active Shooter

Run, Hide, Fight Survival Principles

In an era when senseless killing seems to be far too common, the question is, “if you are the victim of an Active Shooter, will you know what to do?”

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation.  The following is an overview of the Run, Hide, Fight survival principles:
 
Run/Escape
  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Run regardless of whether others agree to follow
  • Help others escape, if possible
  • Do not attempt to move wounded people
  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be
  • Call 911 when you are safe

Hide

  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
  • Lock the door or block the entry to your hiding place with tables, chairs or anything
  • Silence your cell phone so that you are not detected by the shooter

Fight
  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Commit to your actions…your life  depends on it
HOW YOU SHOULD REACT WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES:
  • Remain calm and follow instructions
  • Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets)
  • Raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating
INFORMATION YOU SHOULD PROVIDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR 911 OPERATOR:
  • Location of the active shooter
  • Number of shooters
  • Physical description of shooters
  • Number and type of weapons held by shooters
  • Number of potential victims at the location