ACTIVE SHOOTER PLANNING
- BE AWARE of your surrounding and the possibility of an ACTIVE SHOOTER situation!
- MAKE EVERY DAY A TRAINING DAY.
(What if? Where will I go? What will I do? What can I use?)
- STAY CALM – Remember your plan of action and remember others who are not aware!
(Turn off ringers and lights. Inform others who may not be aware of the situation!)
- DIAL 911: Stay on 911 with the dispatcher and provide details of the incident, including the shooter location and description (gender, ethnicity, clothing, hair, direction of travel), number of shooters and number of wounded.
- KNOW YOUR PLAN of action: AVOID – DENY – DEFEND
- Know your surroundings.
- Have a plan.
- Use will power.
- Choose to survive.
- AVOID – DENY – DEFEND in a group if possible reminding everyone to DEFEND if encountered!
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Have an exit plan.
- Move away from the source of the threat as quickly as possible.
- The more distance and barriers between you and the threat, the better.
- Keep distance between you and the source.
- Create barriers to prevent or slow down a threat from getting to you.
- Turn the lights off.
- Remain out of sight. Be quiet by hiding behind large objects and silence your phone.
- If you cannot Avoid or Deny be prepared to Defend yourself.
- Be aggressive and committed to your actions.
- Do not fight fairly. THIS IS ABOUT SURVIVAL.
- COMMIT to your decision to DEFEND, using available items as defense weapons (fire extinguisher, book, chair, pen, stapler, etc.) and follow through knowing it is best. Hesitation can kill!
(There are no wrong decisions other than failing to make one!)
- REMEMBER RESPONDING POLICE PROTOCOL:
- When law enforcement arrices, SHOW YOUR HANDS AND FOLLOW COMMANDS!
- If you are injured, the initial officers are there to eliminate the threat. EMS will assist you once the scene has been deemed safe by law enforcement. Be patient!
- You may be asked by law enforcement to provide details about the incident. If so, cooperate.
- Attend a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) session after the incident even if you do not feel as though you need it. You may be able to help others!