Run. Hide. Fight: Responding to an Active Shooter
In a recent FBI study, findings indicate active shooter incidents are becoming more frequent. Because they can occur anywhere at any time, it is important that Crisis Teams remain vigilant in their efforts to prepare for and respond to such incidents. Part of that preparation is ensuring every employee knows what to do should an active shooter enter the work site.
One way to increase company-wide preparedness is to enforce the Run. Hide. Fight. principle. This principle is a nationally-recognized effort to educate the public on practical ways to respond to active shooters. In a joint effort, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security funded the video project, “Run. Hide. Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event,” to meet that goal. Click here to see the video, which demonstrates the following steps:
- Have an escape route and plan on where to go.
- Leave your belongings behind.
- Prevent others from entering the area.
- Call 911 when it is safe to do so.
- Shelter-in-place in an area out of the shooter’s view.
- Block entry to your hiding place and lock the door.
- Silence communications devices.
- Remain very quiet.
- As a last resort and only if your life is in danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
- Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.
- Commit to your actions.
Your role as a Crisis Team member requires additional measures be taken to ensure the safety of every person for which you are accountable. This includes determining who is responsible for contacting law enforcement and who is responsible for deciding when it is safe to leave the secure area. To answer these and other pertinent questions, we recommend downloading the Active Shooter Tabletop and Facilitator’s Guide. Use this exercise to break down the different aspects of an active shooter event and think through next steps to generate a coordinated plan.