An "Active Shooter" is an individual actively engaging in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearm(s) 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 incidents are often over within 5-15 minutes, before Law Enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
Good Practices for Coping with an Active Shooter Situation
Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
- Situational Awareness / Perceived Threat
- Take note of nearest Exits in any facility you visit
If in an Office or Enclosed Area
- Shelter in Place
- Close and Secure doors
If in a Hallway
- Find a Room / Secure doors