Resources and Guides - Securing Knowledge
An Active Shooter is an armed person who is actively engaged in killing, or attempting to kill, people in a confined and populated area. Active Shooters normally have intended victims and will search them out, although this is not always the case. While searching for the intended victim, they will randomly shoot other "targets of opportunity" and will continue to move throughout a building or area until they are stopped by law enforcement or commit suicide.
Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, planning how to respond to an active shooter incident is vital. It is increasingly important for public institutions and corporations to develop prevention and response procedures to address this threat. Local law enforcement is an excellent resource for designing training exercises.
Individuals can protect themselves with key actions that improve the likelihood of surviving an active shooter incident.
GET OUT - If possible, leave the area quickly.
CALL OUT - Call 911.
HIDE OUT - Get out of the shooter's view.
KEEP OUT - Lock and barricade doors.
SPREAD OUT - Disperse the shooter's target area.
TAKE OUT - Take action against the shooter ONLY as a last resort with no other recourse; your personal risk is increased greatly by doing so.
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