Perpetrators in these situations are unpredictable and may create panic and chaos at the location. This makes it difficult to establish a specific plan of action. Therefore, you must be aware of certain guidelines when making your decisions.
♦ Stall for time and create distance between you and the suspect.
♦ Do not be aggressive or use aggressive body language.
♦ Do not try to disarm an armed individual.
♦ Remain calm and understanding. Listen intently to what the person has to say.
♦ Take mental notes of what the suspect is wearing, weapons you see, what the suspect says.
♦ Do not attempt to protect personal belongings.
♦ Attempt to dial 911; leave the telephone off the hook if you cannot talk.
If it is not safe to exit your location and the threat is outside the area you are in:
♦ Lock your doors and windows and turn off the lights.
♦ Stay away from the suspect’s line of sight.
♦ Place a message in the window or under the door to communicate.
♦ Dial 911.
If possible, evacuate away from the suspect’s location:
♦ Stay close to walls and avoid wide open areas.
♦ If there is shooting, run in a zig zag pattern.
♦ Seek safe shelter and dial 911 or notify an appropriate official of the incident as soon as possible.
If law enforcement is present, they will be armed and moving quickly:
♦ Identify yourself.
♦ Keep your hands visible and above your head.
♦ Listen carefully to law enforcement instructions and follow them.