What Can I Do If There Is An Active Shooter At My Workplace, School Or Church?

Hopefully, you have never had to ask yourself what to do in the event of an active shooter at your workplace, school or church. But, with all of the recent shootings occurring around the globe and even worst, many close to home[1], more of us are asking ourselves ‘what can I do to prepare?’ Statistics show that active shooter events have steadily increased since 2000, according to research[2].

The Department of Homeland Security defines an active shooter as “…an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area[3].” The definition goes further and states that “in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.”

What would you do?  Do you have a plan?  How would you survive?

Luckily, there is plenty you can do to prepare in the event of an active shooter.

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  1. RUN
    1. Have an escape route and plan in mind
    2. Leave your belongings behind
    3. Keep your hands visible
  2. HIDE
    1. Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
    2. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
    3. Silence your cell phone and/or pager
  3. FIGHT
    1. As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
    2. Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
    3. Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter


Although an active shooter situation can be unpredictable, being prepared with proper training is your first line of defense. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness through a “whole community” approach by providing products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident[5]. Whether a private citizen, human resources or security professional, active shooter workshop participant, or law enforcement professional there are tools for you to prepare in the event of an active shooting incident.

Contact us at ActiveShooterClasses.com and prepare yourself today!


[1] https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/office-of-partner-engagement/active-shooter-incidents/a-study-of-active-shooter-incidents-in-the-u.s.-2000-2013
[2] http://www.alerrt.org/page/research
[3] https://www.dsac.gov/topics/active-shooter-resources
[4] https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/active-shooter-pocket-card-508.pdf
[5] https://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

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