Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Since 2006, the U.S. has had an active shooter attack, killing 4 or more people on the average of one every month. In a recently released study by the FBI, 160 incidents occurring between 2000 and 2013 show that 45.6 % (73) took place in a commercial environment and 24.3% (39) took place in an educational environment. [1] The odds of being involved is slim but you still need to make an advanced survival plan. If you do find yourself in the middle of a senseless attack, the why doesn’t matter; what matters is surviving.

Killers often select their victims at random. The best thing you can do is pay attention to what’s going on around you (situational awareness) and be ready to make yourself hard to see. Be calm and think clearly, this will improve your chances to get away. Visualize your movements in advance.

  1. The first thing to do is get out of the line of fire.
  2. Use concealment to make yourself hard to see.get down low by furniture or building structures.
  3. Use any emergency exit (doors or windows) to get out.
  4. Help others if you can do so safely.
  5. If you can’t get out of an attacked building, get to a confined room and secure your location. So not alert the active shooter to your location. Lock or barricade the doors, turn off lights in the room and silence all cell phones, move away from windows.
  6. If you work in a facility, your work space should have a modern emergency pack which includes a first aid kit, emergency plans for the building, gloves and casualty cards to alert first responders to any wounded victims.
  7. Most active shooter events end within 10-15 minutes.
  8. Law enforcement’s first objective upon entering an active shooter situation is to stop the suspect, not to render aid to victims. Medical teams will enter the scene as soon as the shooter is no longer a threat or confirmed in another location.
  9. When law enforcement approaches your location, they will announce themselves and ask for information about your condition. Use one of the casualty cards to define your condition.
  10. If you can’t escape or conceal yourself, as a last resort, prepare to defend yourself. Use something as a weapon that will disrupt the shooters vision, his ability to breather or to control his weapon.
  11. When law enforcement arrives, keep hands visible and never rush toward them; follow instructions; wait for them approach you.


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