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SAFETY TIPS

Active Attacker

Chances are you’ll never face an active attacker situation.
However if you do, you need to be prepared.

Remember these three words—RUN, HIDE, FIGHT—these actions may save your life or the lives of others.

Run, Hide, Fight - Point one, Run: If there is an accessible escape path, use it. sub point one: Move away from the threat as quickly as possible. subpoint two: Evacuate regardless if others agree. subpoint three: Leave your belongings behind. Point two, hide: if evacuation is not possible, find a secure place to hide and barricade your space. Subpoint one: lock and secure doors. subpoint two: create barriers to prevent or slow don the threat from getting to you. subpoint three: remain out of sight and quiet, silence your cell phone. Point three, Fight: As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and or incapacitate the active shooter. subpoint one: incorporate a distraction, throw items and yell loudly. subpoint two: commit to your actions, be aggressive and use improvised weapons. subpoint three: disarm the shooter, solicit help, there is strength in numbers.

INFORMATION TO PROVIDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR 911 OPERATORS

  • Location of the active threat
  • Description of attacker(s)
  • Number and type of weapons and/or suspicious packages
  • Location of victims and hazards (fire or explosions)

WHAT TO DO WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVE

  • Follow all instructions from officers
  • Keep your hands visible at all times
  • Tell officers where the attacker is, if you know

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM RESPONDING POLICE OFFICERS

Police officers responding to an active attacker are trained to proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard in order to stop the shooting as quickly as possible and create a safe environment for medical assistance to be brought in to aid the injured.

The responding officers may be in teams dressed in normal patrol uniforms, or they may be wearing external ballistic vests and other tactical gear. Expect to see different uniforms or officers in civilian clothes because officers will be deployed from different departments.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OBJECTIVES

  1. End the threat
  2. Render medical aid
  3. Evacuate people safely
  4. Investigate

OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES TO CONSIDER

How you respond to an active attacker will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter. In addition, many in our community may need to respond differently as a result of a disability, caregiver relationship, leadership role, unique workspace location, or a variety of other reasons. Please contact us to discuss any specific concerns you may have. Always remember your options: RUN, HIDE or FIGHT.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

Stay informed by signing up for UM Emergency Alerts. 

You also may contact the Community Outreach Unit if you have additional questions or would like an officer to speak to your department, class or group.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness website aims to enhance preparedness by providing products, tools and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident.

 

This video was created by the City of Houston’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security using funds from the Department of Homeland Security. Please be aware that this video is designed to educate the public on surviving an active shooter event. The video contains graphic images of a violent shooter situation.