Surviving an Active Shooter in the Workplace<br />
Surviving an Active Shooter in the Workplace
Surviving an Active Shooter in the Workplace

Surviving an Active Shooter in the Workplace


The recent terrorist attack in Manchester, and the workplace shooting in Orlando prove that it’s becoming increasingly important for the public to know how to react during an active shooter situation. In the workplace, the chance of survival can increase if your staff are prepared. Here are some guidelines in the event of an active shooter in the workplace.




Evacuate the area/building – Have an escape route and plan in mind

  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Assist others to evacuate if possible but don’t put yourself at risk.
  • Call 911 when you reach a safe area away from the shooting.
  • Prevent anyone from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Keep your hands visible, in the chaos you don’t want the police to mistake you for the shooter.
  • Listen out for and heed to the instructions of police officers.
  • Don’t move anyone that is hurt, you risk injuring them further.


Find a place to hide if you can’t evacuate –Your hiding place should:

  • Stay out of the shooters view.
  • Provide some type of barrier between you and gunfire (a locked door for example).
  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement.


To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:

    • Lock the door.
    • Blockade the door with heavy furniture.


If the active shooter is nearby:

    • Lock the door.
    • Silence your cell phone and/or pager.
    • Turn off any source of noise (such as a radio, television).
    • Hide behind large items (such as cabinets, desks).
    • Remain quiet.



  • Keep hands visible, and don’t have anything in them as the police could mistake an object for a gun.
  • Listen to police instructions.
  • Keep calm.
  • If police are giving evacuation instructions do not stop to ask them questions. They don’t have time and are trying to save as many lives as they can.


The Homeland Security active shooter preparedness website has plenty of information and resources as well, including a downloadable preparedness fact sheet to keep with you just in case




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