How to react to firearms or weapons attacks

In the event of a firearms or weapons attack, always follow these three steps:


If there is a safe route, RUN, if not hide.

  • Insist others go with you
  • Don’t let them slow you down
  • Leave your belongings behind


If you can’t run, HIDE.

  • Find cover from gunfire
  • Be aware of your exits
  • Lock yourself in a room if you can
  • Move away from the door
  • Be very quiet, turn off your phone
  • Barricade yourself in


Call the police when you are safe.

  • Give your location
  • Describe the attacker
  • Can you safely stop others from entering the area?

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