3.6 Active Shooter

Safety, Health, and Environmental Manual


An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms. If an active shooter or other assailant enters the building, everyone present should follow the principles and training below:

  1. RUN

    • Have an escape route and plan in mind.

    • Leave your belongings behind.

    • Keep your hands visible to emergency responders.

  2. HIDE

    • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.

    • Block entry to your hiding place, and lock the doors.

    • Silence your cell phone.

  3. FIGHT

    • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.

    • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.

    • Act with physical aggression, and throw items at the active shooter.

  4. CALL

    • Call the local emergency number when safe.

    • Provide the following information, if possible:

      • Location of the active shooters

      • Number of shooters

      • Physical description of shooters

      • Number and type of weapons held by shooters

      • Number of potential victims at the location

  5. WHEN Law Enforcement Responds

    • Remain calm and follow instructions.

    • Put down any items in your hands (for example, bags or jackets).

    • Raise hands and spread fingers.

    • Keep hands visible at all times.

    • Avoid quick movements toward officers, such as holding on to them for safety.

    • Avoid pointing, screaming, or yelling.

    • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating.

For additional information on what to do in the case of an active shooter, contact your management, local law enforcement personnel, or the Church Security Department.