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December 6, 2021
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Active Shooter Incidents – Run, Hide, Fight

Active shooter incidents are unpredictable and evolve quickly. They are typically over within 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene.

If you find yourself in a crisis situation, such as an active shooter incident, the most important thing you can do is:

  • Try to stay calm
  • Evaluate the situation to determine how to respond
  • Call 911

According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are three ways to respond during an active shooter crisis situation. You can run, hide, or fight. You should attempt to respond in that order:


Exit the area immediately if you can do so safely. Leave your belongings behind and encourage others to exit and assist them if possible. Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be located. In the event that a safe escape is not possible, find a secure area and wait for law enforcement to arrive.


Find a safe place to stay where the active shooter is less likely to find you and remain out of the active shooter’s view. If possible, lock the door and barricade it with heavy objects. Shield yourself from gunfire by hiding under furniture, bulky items, or large equipment. Remain quiet and silence your cell phone. If you cannot exit safely or find a secure place to hide, the last resort is to fight the active shooter.


Fighting involves taking aggressive action against the active shooter. This may involve throwing items, improvising weapons, yelling, and committing to your actions.



Source: Joe Mlynek is president of Progressive Safety Services LLC, Port Clinton, OH:, and content creation expert for Safety Made Simple Inc., Olathe, KS;



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