Active Shooter Incident

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Eventhttps://youtu.be/5VcSwejU2D0 (Video Copyright City of Houston, 2012)

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If the shooter is outside your building:

  • Decide if you should try to evacuate the building and run; or if you should barricade-in-place.
  • Go to a room that can be locked. Turn off all the lights.
  •  Secure and barricade the doors and windows.  Close blinds, shutters, etc.
    • Use anything you can to block the entrance – chairs, tables, desks, bookcases, lamps, furniture, etc.
  • Get everyone on the ground, move away from the door, make sure no one can be seen from outside the room and remain very quiet
  • Call the Department of Public Safety at 717-245-1111, explain the situation, give your location and the number of people with you
  • Remain in the secure area until the room is entered by police

If the shooter is inside your building:

  • Remember > Run. Hide. Fight.
  • Decide if you should try to evacuate the building and run; or if you should barricade-in-place.
  • If the room you are in can be locked, secure and barricade the doors and windows
    • Use anything you can to block the entrance – chairs, tables, desks, bookcases, lamps, furniture, etc.
  • Turn off all the lights and close blinds
  • Silence your cell phone
  • Get everyone on the ground, move away from the door, make sure no one can be seen from outside the room and remain very quiet
  • Call 911, explain the situation, give your location and the number of people with you
  • Remain in the secure area until the room is entered by police
  • If the room you are in cannot be locked you must determine if it safe to move  to another room nearby
  • If it is safe to escape do so whenever possible

How do I set up a barricade?

  • Try to go to room with a door that can be locked and that has window coverings so that people cannot see inside the room. Turn off the lights and any noise producing machinery.
  • Remain quiet, silence your cell phone or turn it off (or allow one person to keep their phone on silent if you are with others, to conserve battery power)
  • Use ANYTHING you can to barricade the door, such as:
    • Bookcases
    • Desks
    • Chairs
    • Furniture
    • A belt, cord, anything tied around the handle and secured
    • How To Use a Folding Chair To Barricade The Door During a School Shooting - https://youtu.be/15EuyCQnFWk?t=43s 
      • "...Students at UCLA used whatever they could to barricade themselves inside classrooms as a gunman stalked the campus. But working against them here was a flaw that could have proven tragic: The doors open outward and do not have locks. Anything can be used to barricade yourself inside a room. Safety expert Bill Stanton showed Inside Edition how to do it. A simple screwdriver can be wedged in the door handle and a folding chair could also be used to block a door as well." 

If the shooter enters your room:

  • Remain CALM so that you can make a decision about your course of action.
  • Consider the following options:
    • Attempt to distract the shooter by throwing objects, making loud noises, and creating obstructions. Any type of distraction will reduce the shooter’s ability to concentrate and aim
    • Attempt to use whatever tools or objects you may have available to incapacitate the shooter or separate the shooter from their weapon

What to expect from police when they arrive:

  • They will be very focused so remain calm
  • They will point their guns at you. You are not in danger if you follow their instructions.
  • Do not carry anything
  • Keep your hands over your head with your fingers spread
  • Do exactly what the police ask and do not speak unless you are asked questions
  • They may go past you looking for the shooter and bypass wounded people.
  • Do not attempt to follow them. Moving in the direction that they came from will be your best avenue of escape.

Active Shooter – plan ahead and consider the following:

  • Do you know what rooms lock in your work or living area? Where might you hide?
  • A shelter in place location identified for weather may not be an appropriate shelter spot for an active shooter event.
  • What are some alternate escape routes to get out of your building that you don’t commonly use?
  • What objects could you use to barricade yourself in a space?
  • What might you have on your person or office/classroom/room to use as a weapon to throw at an active shooter? (Hint: You can use almost anything! – Stapler, pens, mugs, tennis ball, anything that will distract the shooter and cause them to lose their focus)