Active Shooter Info

How to respond when an active shooter is in your vicinity:


  • Have an escape route planned
  • Leave belonging behind
  • Help others if possible
  • Call 911 when safe


  • If evacuation is not possible
  • Be out of the shooter’s view
  • Don’t trap yourself or restrict options for movement
  •  If evacuation or hiding is not possible, remain calm
  •  If you cannot speak, leave the 911 line open and allow the dispatcher to listen


  • As a last resort when your life is in imminent danger
  • Throwing items and improvising weapons
  • Committing to your actions

Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. The links below will provide you with information regarding active shooter preparedness and planning.

For those assembling an active shooter plan for your organization, click here to access our Active Shooter Plan template

Active Shooter Printable Resources

Active Shooter Online Courses - FEMA's Active Shooter, What to Do Course

  • Describes the actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and to assist responding law enforcement officials;
  • Recognizes potential workplace violence indicators;
  • Describes actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents; and
  • Describes how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

DHS’s Active Shooter Awareness 90-Minute Webinar

  • Helps the private and public sector understand the importance of developing an emergency response plan and the need to train employees on how to respond if confronted with an active shooter. The presentation describes the three types of active shooters--workplace/school, criminal, and ideological--and how their planning cycles and behaviors differ.