Run, hide, fight: surviving an active shooter attack

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Remember these three steps when faced with an active shooter:

EVACUATE: Have an escape route, and an emergency action plan, in mind. Leave your belongings behind. When law enforcement arrives, keep your hands raised.

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.

ACT: Move against the shooter only a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger. Attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Use relentless physical aggression by, for example, throwing things at the shooter’s head and other weak spots. An active shooter may be a current or former employee. Alert your human resources department if you believe an employee exhibits potentially violent behavior. Indicators may include: increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs; unexplained increase in absenteeism, and/or vague physical complaints; depression or withdrawal; increased or severe mood swings, and noticeably unstable or emotional responses; increasing talk of problems at home; and an increase in unsolicited comments concerning violence, firearms and other dangerous weapons, and violent crime.

Follow these links to Air Force Emergency Management training videos: