Active shooter incidents can happen quick and unpredictable. Help keep your organization safe with this active shooter training guide. In the midst of the chaos of a shoot out, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. Athena is there to help you get prepared.


HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY?

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation.

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
If the active shooter is nearby:

1. RUN
If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:
Have an escape route and plan in mind

Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow

Leave your belongings behind

Help others escape, if possible

Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter maybe

Keep your hands visible

Follow the instructions of any police officers

Do not attempt to move wounded people

Call 911 when you are safe

2. HIDE
If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.

Your hiding place should:
Be out of the active shooter’s view

Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction and locked door)

Not trap you or restrict your options for movement

(i.e., an office with a closed
To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
Lock the door

Blockade the door with heavy furniture

Lock the door

Silence your cell phone and/or pager

Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)

Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)

Remain quiet

If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:

Remain calm

Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location

If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen

3. FIGHT
As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her

Throwing items and improvising weapons

Yelling

Committing to your actions





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