Active Shooter Checklist

This page describes what to do in an active shooter event. Remember during an active shooting to RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.  Source is

Be Informed

  • Sign up for an active shooter training.
  • If you see something, say something to the authorities right away.
  • Sign up to receive local emergency alerts and register your contact information with any work-sponsored alert system.
  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.

    Make a Plan

    • Make a plan with your family and make sure everyone knows what to do if confronted with an active shooter.
    • Wherever you go look for the two nearest exits, have an escape path in mind and identify places you could hide if necessary.
    • Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs.

      During an Active Shooter:

      RUN and escape if possible.

      • Getting away from the shooter or shooters is the top priority.
      • Leave your belongings behind and get away.
      • Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
      • Warn and prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
      • Call 9-1-1 when you are safe and describe the shooter, location and weapons.

        HIDE if escape is not possible.

        • Get out of the shooter’s view and stay very quiet.
        • Silence all electronic devices and make sure they won’t vibrate.
        • Lock and block doors, close blinds and turn off lights.
        • Don’t hide in groups. Spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the shooter.
        • Try to communicate with police silently. Use text message or social media to tag your location or put a sign in a window.
        • Stay in place until law enforcement gives you the all clear.
        • Your hiding place should be out of the shooter's view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.

          FIGHT as an absolute last resort.

          • Commit to your actions and act as aggressively as possible against the shooter.
          • Recruit others to ambush the shooter with makeshift weapons like chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc.
          • Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the shooter.
          • Throw items and improvise weapons to distract and disarm the shooter.


            • Keep hands visible and empty.
            • Know that law enforcement’s first task is to end the incident and they may have to pass injured along the way.
            • Officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns or handguns and may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation.
            • Officers will shout commands and may push individuals to the ground for their safety.
            • Follow law enforcement instructions and evacuate in the direction they come from unless otherwise instructed.
            • Take care of yourself first, and then you may be able to help the wounded before first responders arrive.
            • If the injured are in immediate danger, help get them to safety.
            • While you wait for first responders to arrive, provide first aid. Apply direct pressure to wounded areas and use tourniquets if you have been trained to do so.
            • Turn wounded people onto their sides if they are unconscious and keep them warm.
            • Consider seeking professional help for you and your family to cope with the long-term effects of the trauma.

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