Active Shooter

An active shooter situation is where someone in the building or in the parking lot is actively firing a gun or showing the intent to fire the weapon. The initial responsibility of the Police is to stop the shooter, not to rescue or help you. Speed is critical here, and you have 3 options- Run, Hide or Fight.



Get away from the shooter as fast as possible. Leave your belongings behind. Do not hold your cell phone or keys in your hands. Keep your hands visible and raised with fingers spread as you exit. Do not run directly to or try to hold on to the officers. Do not talk to the officers unless you have critical information they need such as number of shooters or what they are wearing. If a co-worker or visitor is too frightened to run, leave them and exit the building.



If you cannot get out of the building, hide in an office, lock the door and barricade with desk or filing cabinets. Call 911. Note that it can take many hours before Police come to your aid. Stay put until they do.



Fighting is your last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger. If you must fight, act with as much aggression, surprise, and speed as possible. Team up with your coworkers or other survivors to overwhelm the attacker. Do what is necessary to save your life and the lives of others.


Three Ways You Can Save Lives

1. Let Everyone Know What is Happening

Make an announcement over the phone system that there is a shooter in the building (go to any phone, lift the handset and hit the INTERCOM soft key to make a building wide announcement) or use the two-way radio. DO NOT USE THE FIRE ALARM (you may be sending more victims into the line of fire).

2. Press the Panic Button at the Front Desk or in the Shop

There is a panic button under the front desk that calls 911 and tells them there is an armed robbery in progress.

3. Lockdown the Second Floor


b.       Send the elevator upstairs and put a chair, a stool, shoe, a book or some other object in the door of the elevator to prevent it from closing.

c.       Lock the door to the top of the steps with a master interior key. Chain the door shut like we were trained to do. This makes it impossible to get from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor.  

d.       Lock the door to Montessori and Administration.