Active Shooter


  • Work directly with local law enforcement to make a plan and add additional information.
    • Make the response simple (example procedures section on this page)
  • Consider a mock event training for employees
  • Employees should notify management of domestic disputes if worried about personal safety
  • Consider safety notification devices under counters and other locations as suggested by local law enforcement
  • Maker sure records can be accessed from remote locations


VIDEO: Some people in your organization will just want to hide, many times avoiding this issue. A plan must be in place – first to reduce loss of life and second to plan for continuity of the business.

One local sheriff recommends:

  • Run
  • Hide
  • Fight/Re-group*

*Only if life is in danger


When law enforcement arrives:

  1. Remain calm
  2. Follow officers’ instructions
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers.
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises

Information you should provide to law enforcement or 911 operator:

  1. Location of the active shooter
  2. Number of shooters, if more than one
  3. Physical description of shooter/s
  4. Number and type of weapons held by the shooter/s
  5. Number of potential victims at location.


  • Mass shootings
  • Domestic Issues


Next: Chapter 4 Training Resources