Safety & Security Hint
When Shots Are Fired
An office, a mall, a library, a house of worship: Shootings can happen anywhere. Active shooter situations are often over in minutes before law enforcement can arrive. So prepare yourself with these recommendations from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Run - If leaving is possible, plan an escape route and flee regardless of whether others agree to follow. Leave your belongings behind. Do not attempt to move wounded people. Call 9 1 1 only when you’re safe.
Hide - If evacuation is not possible, find a place to conceal yourself. It should be out of view and provide protection if shots are fired, such as a locked door. If you can, blockade the door with furniture. Turn off any source of noise, like a cellphone.
Fight - Take action against the shooter only as a last resort. Throw items and improvise weapons in an effort to disrupt and incapacitate the shooter.
When law enforcement arrives. . . immediately put down any items, keep your hands visible and raise your arms. Follow instructions. Refrain from making quick movements toward offices or holding onto them for safety.
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