IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENT
FEMA V-1000/March 2018
An active shooter is an individual engaged attempting to kill people in a confined space or populated area. Active shooters typically use firearms and have no pattern to their selection of victims.
Remember this can happen anywhere and at anytime
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER THREATENS
If you see suspicious activity, let an authority know right away.
Many places, such as houses of worship, workplaces, and schools, have plans in place to help you respond safely.
Ask about these plans and get familiar with them. If you participate in an active shooter drill, talk with your family about what you learned and how to apply it to other locations.
When you visit a building such as a shopping mall or healthcare facility, take time to identify two nearby exits. Get in the habit of doing this.
Map out places to hide. In rooms without windows, behind solid doors with locks, under desks, or behind heavy furniture such aslarge ling cabinets can make goodhiding places.
Sign up for active shooter, Firstrst aid, and tourniquet training. Learn how to help others by taking FEMA’s You Are the Help Until Help Arrives course. Learn more at ready.gov/until-help-arrives.
Survive DURING An Active Shooter Incident
RUN. Getting away from the shooter or shooters is the top priority. Leave your things behind and run away. If safe to do so, warn others nearby. Call 911 when you are safe. Describe each shooter, their locations, and weapons.
HIDE. If you cannot get away safely,nd a place to hide. Get out of theshooter’s view and stay very quiet. Silence your electronic devices and make sure they won’t vibrate. Lock and block doors, close blinds, and turn off the lights. Do not hide in groups—spread out along walls or hide separately to make it moredif cult for the shooter. Try tocommunicate with police silently— such as through text messages or by putting a sign in an exterior window. Stay in place until law enforcement gives you notice that all immediate danger is clear.
FIGHT. Your last resort when you are in immediate danger is to defend yourself. Commit to your actions and act aggressively to stop the shooter. Ambushing the shooter together with makeshift weapons such aschairs, re extinguishers, scissors,and books can distract and disarm the shooter.
Be Safe AFTER
Keep hands visible and empty. Know that law enforcement’s rsttask is to end the incident. They mayhave to pass injured persons along the way. Follow law enforcement’s instructions and evacuate in the direction they tell you to. Consider seeking professional help for you and your family to cope with the long-term effects of trauma.
Take an Active Role in Your Safety
Go to ready.gov and search for active shooter. Download the FEMA app to get more information about preparing for an active shooter. Find Emergency Safety Tips