Surviving An Active Shooter
"The men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department constantly prepare and train for active shooter events that could harm our communities. In these unpredictable situations, preparation is key. With this guide, you, too, can familiarize yourself with the
tools that will help you remain calm and respond effectively during a rapidly-evolving active shooter situation.
- Alex Villanueva, Sheriff
Don't wait until it happens. Have a plan now!
- Familiarize yourself with your environment
- Know your escape routes
- Designate safe rooms
- Talk to your co-workers about a preplanned response
- Keep emergency supplies (first aid kit, food, water, etc.) in every room
- Identify ways to lock or barricade your area
- Practice! Practice! Practice!
Information to provide to 911 operators:
- Location of the shooter
- Number of shooters
- Physical description of shooters
- Number and type of weapons shooter has
- Number of potential victims at location
WHEN THE SHOOTING STARTS...
Have an escape route and an action plan in mind
Leave your belongings behind
Evacuate, regardless of whether others agree to follow
Help others escape, if possible
Do not attempt to move the wounded
Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be located
Keep your hands visible
Call 911 when you are safe
Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet and still
Lock doors and block entry to your hiding place (use chairs, tables, bookcases, file cabinets, etc.)
Shut off lights, stay out of sight and remain calm
If your life is in imminent danger, you may have to fight the attacker
Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
Act with as much physical aggression as possible. Meet violence with violence.
Improvise weapons such as chairs, fire extinguishers, books, and anything else you can use as an impact weapon. Do not back down!
Commit to your actions. Stand united with others. Your life depends on it!
WHEN THE SHOOTING STOPS...
- Remain calm and reassure others that help is on the way.
- Render first aid if necessary, utilizing what you have available.
- For bleeding control, use first aid kits, towels, shirts, bed sheets, etc. For tourniquets, use power cords, phones cords, ropes, etc.
- STAY INSIDE YOUR SECURED LOCATION UNTIL LAW ENFORCEMENT COMES TO YOU!
- When law enforcement arrives, keep hands visible, spread fingers, leave all personal items behind, and calmly follow their directions.
- Understand that help may take an extended period of time due to clearing the entire location, but law enforcement WILL come to you.
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