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Active Shooter Guide

From the Department of Homeland Security*

An “active shooter” is an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

  • Victims are selected at random
  • Event is unpredictable and evolves quickly
  • Knowing what to do can save lives

When law enforcement arrives:

  1. Remain calm and follow instructions
  2. Drop items in your hands (e.g., bags, jackets)
  3. Raise hands and spread fingers
  4. Keep hands visible at all times
  5. Avoid quick movements toward officers, such as holding on to them for safety
  6. Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
  7. Do not ask questions when evacuating

Information to provide to 911 operations:

  1. Location of the active shooter
  2. Number of shooters
  3. Physical description of shooters
  4. Number and type of weapons shooter has
  5. Number of potential victims at location

DHS Preparedness Video