Recently DHS presented a virtual online webinar training program titled ”Active Shooter Awareness”. Active shooters engage in killing or attempting to kill innocent and unsuspecting people in both private and public areas. In many cases, there is no pattern or method to the selection of victims by an active shooter, and these situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.
To help you prepare you for the possibility of an active shooter incident, DHS has available free online training. Upon completion of the training you will receive a DHS training certificate. The training will better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to recognize dangerous behavior before it turns deadly in the workplace.
An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.
Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.
Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
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HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of security and managers during an active shooter situation.
Good practices for coping with an active shooter situation:
• Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
• Have an escape route and plan in mind
• Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit
• Help others escape, if possible
• Do not attempt to move wounded people
• Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be
• If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door
• If you are in a hallway, get into a room and secure the door, if possible use
furniture to block the door
• Remain quite, silence your cell phone and/or pager, hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)
• 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
As a last resort, take action against the active shooter, and only when your life is in imminent danger. Attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
• Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her
• Throwing items and improvising weapons
• Committing to you action
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