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Active Shooter

Determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life and call 911, when it is safe to do so.

Run: Evacuate if you can (this is your best chance of survival)

  • Have an escape route in mind
  • Leave valuables behind
  • Keep hands visible

Hide: In an area out of shooter's view

  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock doors
  • Turn off lights and silent electronic devices

Fight: As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Act with physical aggression


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