Active Shooters – How to Respond

Active Shooters

As incidents of Active Shooters and other violence fill our news cycles, we often find ourselves asking…Could it happen in my workplace?….or could it happen in a random place where I might find myself?

Whether you work in an office or an outdoor environment, or you find yourself frequenting public events, or you are simply shopping or taking a stroll, the thought of being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be frightening.  This is especially so when you, your family or your co-workers are not prepared for emergency situations like Active Shooter events.

At Baldwin Krystyn Sherman, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been injured or victimized by mass shootings and other types of violence.  We are also thankful for our first responders and courageous citizens who step up during times of crisis and help others in need without thought for themselves.  As the days and weeks go by after the most recent Las Vegas tragedy, we hope that the primary focus of our future efforts is placed on how we can prevent and prepare for these events, rather than on the shooter or his motives.  As risk management professionals  we are passionate and determined to help our clients, colleagues, friends and family find ways to mitigate exposure and loss by developing loss control programs and providing information and materials that will help all of us be prepared to face crisis.  As a first step, every individual and organization should familiarize themselves with the tips we have provided below.  In addition, the Department of Homeland Security has a wealth of preparedness information on their Active Shooter website, including an Active Shooter Booklet.  You can access both via the following links.

Active Shooters – Being Prepared

Active Shooters – How to Respond

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation.

  1. RUN

If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:

  1. HIDE

If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:

To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:


If the active shooter is nearby:

If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:

  1. FIGHT

As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:


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