What to Know in Active-Shooter Situations - NBC Southern California


What to Know in Active-Shooter Situations



    Surviving an Active Shooter: Are You Ready?

    People from different ages joined an active shooting training to be prepared and know when it is OK to run, hide and fight. Lolita Lopez reports for NBC4 News on Oct. 29, 2018. (Published Monday, Oct. 29, 2018)

    In an era when "active shooter" has become standard speak, law enforcement and communities are taking steps to teach survival by hosting active-shooter classes.

    Here's what the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department recommends:

    • Know your escape routes
    • Designate safe rooms
    • Talk to your co-workers about a response
    • Keep emergency supplies (first-aid kit, food, water) in every room
    • Identify ways to lock or barricade your area
    • Practice! Practice! Practice!

    Here's information to provide 911 in calls:

    • Location of the shooter
    • Number of shooters
    • Physical description of shooters
    • Number and type of weapons shooter has
    • Number of potential victims at location

    Here's what to do 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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