Emergency Preparedness

Active Threat- Run, Hide, Fight

An Active Threat is a very dynamic situation, decisions on what to do in an Active Threat situation lie with YOU. There are three options you can take depending on the situation you are in: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT


  1. Run - If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises - If you can get out, do. 
  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Help others escape, if possible
  • Keep your hands visible
  • Do not attempt to move wounded people
  • Call 911 when safe to do so
  1. Hide - Shelter in Place is an option if you are unsure where the active shooter is located
  • If able, proceed to a room that can be locked, barricaded, or secured and ensure all doors and windows are closed
  • Get on the floor, turn off all lights, ensure no one is visible from outside the room, be out of the active shooter, active threat’s view
  • Silence your cell phone.
  • Do not trap or restrict your options for movement if needed
  • Stay in your hiding place until YOU ARE SURE that it is safe - do not respond to any voice commands until you can verify with certainty that they are being issued by a police officer
  • Remain very quiet
  1. Fight - If evacuation and hiding out are not possible, use only as a last resort and if your life is at risk
  • Dial 911 (cell: 320-380-3333), if possible, to alert police to the active shooter's location
  • As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active threat.
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items or improvise weapons to use on active shooter/active threat.
  • Yell, scream, and commit to your actions

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