Would you know what to do if a person with a gun suddenly appears and begins to shoot people?
Such occurances are called "Active Shooter Events." 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 and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.
Three things to know about such events:
PROFILE OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.
CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION
• Victims are selected at random
• The event is unpredictable and evolves quickly
• Law enforcement is usually required to end 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.
AVOID - RUN AWAY
DENY - HIDE SOMEWHERE
DEFEND - FIGHT THE ATTACKER
WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES:
INFORMATION TO PROVIDE TO 911 OPERATIONS:
Contact your building management or human resources department for
more information and training on active shooter response in your
For questions or additional assistance contact your local law enforcement authorities or an FBI Field office.
This information provided courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and courtesy of Avoid Deny Defend™ by John Curnutt, Director of Training and Dr. J. Pete Blair, Director of Research, ALERRT™ at Texas State University.
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