Active Shooter Protocol Basics – Run, Hide, Fight

Albuquerque Active Shooter Training - Steps to Take to Be Prepared for Workplace Violence by Safety Counselling 505-881-1112

An individual actively shooting or attempting to kill people in a restricted and populated area is referred to as an active shooter. In most cases, active shooters utilize weapons, and there is no pattern or procedure to the way they choose their victims. Situations involving an active shooter are seldom foreseeable and can change very fast. In most cases, the prompt deployment of law enforcement is essential to end the shooting and reduce the severity of the injuries suffered by victims.

Individuals must be psychologically and physically ready to cope with an active shooter before law enforcement can get on the site. Dynamic shooter events often end within ten to fifteen minutes before law enforcement can be on the scene.

If you hear gunshots at your place of employment or anyplace else, or if you see an individual armed firing or threatening others (an active shooter), you should call 911 immediately.

Immediately decide which method will provide the most significant level of safety for your life. Using the “RUN, HIDE, or FIGHT” technique, you need to decide quickly what is taking place and which of the following alternatives will give you the highest level of safety. You may select the most likely scenario from the list.

RUN: Evacuate If Possible

You should swiftly get away from the sound of gunshots or an armed person, even if there is a significant distance between you and the source of the gunfire or the armed person. If gunshots or an armed individual is coming from within your building, and it is safe to do so, immediately flee the structure and walk a significant distance away from it until you are in a location where you can hide safely.

  • Refrain from bringing your stuff with you.
  • Always keep your hands where law enforcement can see them.
  • Bring along other people but stay caught up even if others won’t go with you.

When it is secure to do so, dial 911 immediately. Do not assume that another person has already reported the occurrence. Your ability to offer law enforcement certain information, including the number of shooters, a physical description and identity of each shooter, the number and type(s) of weapons, and the shooter’s location, may be of the utmost importance.

HIDE: Stay as quiet as possible while hiding in a location that is as secure as possible.

If you cannot flee the area securely because the shooter is nearby, you should take cover obscured from the shooter’s line of sight.

  • If you can, look for a spot to hide with significantly thicker walls and fewer windows.
  • If it is feasible, you should barricade the doors with furniture.
  • Put out the lights.
  • Put the phone on silent and power down any other electrical devices.
  • Pull the drapes, shades, and blinds across the windows and try not to be seen outside the room.
  • Find a spot to hide that offers shelter from gunfire, such as a brick wall, a vast tree, or a structure, if you are outside and cannot RUN safely.
  • Keep where you are until you are given the signal to go on by your employer or first responders, like the police.

Fight: Interrupt or incapacitate the shooter by taking appropriate action.

  • Fight it out as a last-ditch effort. Only act if you cannot escape the area safely or conceal, and only then should you do so when your life is in immediate danger.
  • Please try to render the shooter unable to continue their acts or to distract them.
  • Take direct, physical action against the person who shot you.
  • Use things already available in your location, such as fire extinguishers or seats.
  • If you can throw objects at the person who is shooting.
  • When it is secure to do so, dial 911 immediately.
  • Immediately after the event, if you are still within the building, you should wait for officers of the local law enforcement agency to help you exit the structure.
  • When law enforcement personnel approach, clients, customers, and workers must show their palms open and empty hands.

Note: Please be aware that the sound of gunfire may be simulated. Consider any popping sound to be the result of gunshots.

If there is more than one person in the exact location when a violent event occurs, you should disperse yourselves across the room so that the perpetrator of the violent act does not have an easy target.

Be aware that violent assaults can include any weapon, not just a gun; they can happen anywhere at any time. It is possible for other tools, such as knives, blunt objects, physical force, or explosives, to be just as lethal as a firearm. Any situation involving physical conflict suits the defensive strategies outlined in this article.

Plan: Visualize various escape routes, making sure to include paths that are physically accessible for employees who have impairments and those who have restricted mobility.