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An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.In most cases, active shooters use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10-15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

How to Respond When an Active Shooter is in Your Vicinity

RUN: Have an escape route and plan in mind. Leave your belongings behind. Keep your hands visible. 

HIDE: Hide in an area out of the shooter's view. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors. Silence your cell phone and/or pager.

FIGHT: As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger. Attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.

How to Respond When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Raise hands and spread fingers.
  • Keep hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety.
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling.
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or directions when evacuating.

Always report suspicious activity to local authorities by calling 855-352-7233.
 Good Practices for Coping with an Active Shooter Situation  
  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers. 
  • Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit.
  • If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door.
  • If you are in a hallway, get into a room and secure the door.
  • Confine or secure your pets.
  • As a last resort, attempt to take the active shooter down. When the shooter is at close range and you cannot flee, your chance of survival is much greater if you try to incapacitate him/her.
 Information You Should Provide to Law Enforcement or 911 Operator
Location of the active shooter
Number of shooters
Physical description of shooters
Number and type of weapons held by shooters
Number of potential victims at the location
 Department of Homeland Security Resources
DHS has developed an independent study course entitled Active Shooter: What You Can Do. This course was developed to provide the public with guidance on how to prepare for and respond to active shooter crisis situations. The free course is available online through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute at (course number IS-907).

Additional training for law enforcement is also available at FEMA Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response by clicking here. 
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