Perpetrator/shooter enters your area or classroom
- As always, try and remain calm.
- If possible, dial (9) 9-1-1 using a landline phone and alert the dispatch to the shooter’s location.
- If it is unsafe to speak, keep the landline open so that dispatchers can hear what is going on and attempt to pinpoint your position. The location can often be determined without having to speak if a landline is used. A cell phone is also useful for helping authorities find out what is going on.
- If you cannot escape, make every attempt to conceal yourself and/or take cover behind the most solid object you can find (e.g., desk, cabinet or row of seats/chairs)
- Attempting to overpower the shooter should only be considered an absolute last resort if all other options have been exhausted and your life is in danger.
- If the shooter leaves the area, proceed immediately to a safe area.
- A safe area will be one that has been marked by emergency services, a public area away from the site of the shooting, or somewhere you can separate yourself from the danger (a lockable building offsite, for example).
- Attempt to not disturb any objects or items that were in the vicinity of the shooter, as they may be important to investigators later.