Discuss the characteristics of an active shooter situation.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. In most cases, active shooters use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Law enforcement is usually required to end an active shooter situation.

Your initial reactions may include:

  • Confusion

  • Disbelief

  • Shock

  • Panic

Because these incidents are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, you’re on your own to take the best actions you can to avoid injury. It’s always a good practice, wherever you are, to take note of the two nearest exits and be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.

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