Office/Mall Shooting Advice from Department of Homeland Security

Posted: December 5, 2008 in IDPA, shooting
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The Department of Homeland Security has recently issued 2 PDF documents: Active Shooter Information and Active Shooter Poster to give holiday shoppers potentially life saving tips.

IDPA is great for honing your gun handling skills, but it’s still a game. Real life scenarios do not have people following you with a timer and scoresheet.

If you find yourself caught up in a situation where an active shooter is in your vicinity, here’s some advice from the Active Shooter Poster document:

QUICKLY DETERMINE THE MOST REASONABLE WAY TO PROTECT YOUR OWN LIFE. CUSTOMERS AND CLIENTS ARE LIKELY TO FOLLOW THE LEAD OF EMPLOYEES AND MANAGERS DURING AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION.

1) Evacuate
– Have an escape route and plan in mind
– Leave your belongings behind
– Keep your hands visible


2) Hide Out
– Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view.
– Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors 

3) Take Action
– As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
– Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
– Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter

CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO

 
HOW TO RESPONDWHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES ON THE SCENE

1) HOW YOU SHOULD REACT WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES:
– Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions
– Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
– Keep hands visible at all times
– Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety
– Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling 
– Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises
 

2) INFORMATION YOU SHOULD PROVIDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR 911 OPERATOR:
– Location of the active shooter
– Number of shooters, if more than one
– Physical description of the shooter/s
– Number and type of weapons held by the shooter/s
– Number of potential victims at the location
 

RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF POTENTIAL WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

AN ACTIVE SHOOTER MAY BE A CURRENT OR FORMER EMPLOYEE. ALERT YOUR HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT IF YOU BELIEVE AN EMPLOYEE EXHIBITS POTENTIALLY VIOLENT BEHAVIOR. INDICATORS OF POTENTIALLY VIOLENT BEHAVIOR MAY INCLUDE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
– Increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs
– Unexplained increase in absenteeism, and/or vague physical complaints
– Depression/Withdrawal
– Increased severe mood swings, and noticeably unstable or emotional responses
– Increasingly talks of problems at home
– Increase in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms, and other dangerous weapons and violent crimes

 
You can download the original PDF documents here:

Active Shooter Poster (pdf/454kb)

Active Shooter Information (pdf/212kb)

You will need Adobe Acrobat to read the PDF files.

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