3 Tactics to Help You Survive an Active Shooter Situation

According to the Department of Homeland Security, an active shooter is "an individual engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area." DHS goes on to tell us that active shooters do not have a pattern or method to their selection of targets, and that the situation is often over in 10-15 minutes—before the police arrive on the scene.

If somebody starts shooting in your workplace or school, what do you do? You have three options:

1. Run

Stay low and run or crawl as fast as you can to get out of there. Do you know all the exits at your place of business? Don't rule out staircases, windows, escalators, fences, and walls. If the police are on the scene, do not run to them screaming in a panic (it's difficult to control yourself in a situation like this, but such scenes only make it difficult for the police). Keep your hands in plain sight and don't have anything in your hands. It may be mistaken for a weapon. Try to remember how many shooters there are, what they look like, how many victims there are, and where the last place was you saw the shooter.