Active Shooter / Armed Intruder

How would you defend yourself against an active shooter?


  • Have an escape route and 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 wounded people
  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be
  • Keep your hands visible
  • Call 8911, 864-388-8222 or 911 when it is safe to do so.

Hide - Shelter in Place

  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
  • Lock the door or block the entry to your hiding place, turn off lights, wait for police.
  • Silence your cell phone (including the vibrate mode) and remain quiet

Fight - Last Resort

  • Fight as a last resort & only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Commit to your actions…your life depends on it

When Law Enforcement Arrives:

  • Remain calm and follow instructions
  • Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, 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

Additional Safety Instructions:

The first officers to arrive at the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Expect rescue teams to follow the initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove the injured. Once you have reached a safe loca4on, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control, and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.


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An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active shooter event as to whether he/she chooses to run to safety or remain in place. However, best practices for surviving an active shooter event are listed below.

REMEMBER: Law Enforcement’s first priority is to confront and disable the threat.