Active Shooter events are dynamic and every situation is unique and you must be alert and consider all of the information listed.
In the Classroom or Office
- If you are in a classroom, room or office, STAY THERE, secure the door.
- If the door has no lock and the door is open, look for heavy furniture or objects to barricade the door.
- If the door has a window, cover it if you can.
- If no police units are yet on scene move well away from the incident and find safe cover positions (not the parking lots) and wait for the police to arrive.
- Once in a safe place stay put.
- Get out of sight from the door and stay low and quiet.
In Hallways or Corridors
- If in the hallways, get in a room that is not already secured and secure it.
- If you are close to an exit, leave the building only if it will lead you away from where shooting is taking place. Run away from the incident and find a safe place to hide
Stay alert and look for appropriate cover locations. Brick walls, large trees, retaining walls, parked vehicles and another object which may stop firearm ammunition penetration, may be utilized as cover.
Police are trained to respond to an active shooting incident by entering the building as soon as possible and proceeding to the area of the shooter(s). Officers will move quickly and directly. Early in an incident, officers may not be able to rescue people because their main goal is to get to the shooter(s). Involved persons need to try to remain calm and patient during this time so as not to interfere with police operations. Cooperate with officers who may ask you information concerning the incident. Normally, a rescue team is formed shortly after the first responding officers enter the building. They will be the officers who will search for injured parties and get everyone safely out of the building. Follow all directions given by the officers at the scene, or responding to the scene.