The option to hide

If evacuation isn’t possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.

Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the active shooter’s view

  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (e.g., an office with a closed and locked door)

  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement

To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place, lock the door and blockade it with heavy furniture.

If the active shooter is nearby:

  • Lock the door

  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager

  • Turn off any source of noise (e.g., radios, televisions)

  • Hide behind large items (e.g., cabinets, desks)

  • Remain quiet

If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:

  • Remain calm

  • Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location

  • If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen

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