Active shooter incidents are unexpected and potentially lethal. That is why you must think about and prepare for these situations ahead of time. Being prepared for an active shooter event is the first step toward winning.

In part one of this series, I discussed having a plan. I explained the first thing you should do is ESCAPE! I also explained how escaping benefits everyone involved, especially you. If you missed that article, you can read the article here.


Unfortunately, escaping may not be an available option for you. Perhaps you work in a facility with limited exits, and the active shooter is between you and the door. It is also possible that your current location prevents you from safely running out of the building. If you cannot escape, then I highly recommend that you HIDE! 

Location Selection

Find a room where you will be able to control who gets in or not. Look for a room with a door you can lock to keep the active shooter out. It would also be great to find a room with an out-swing door instead of an in-swing. Out-swing means the door opens away from the room instead of into the room. An out-swing door makes it almost impossible for the active shooter to kick in the door. An easy way to identify an out-swing door is by the location of the hinges. The hinges of the out-swing door will be on the outside of the room it secures.


After finding the right room, lock the door, turn off the lights, and close the blinds. You want to ensure the active shooter cannot easily see you from outside the room. You also want to take steps to make it more difficult for the active shooter to enter the room. It is a good idea to use items to barricade the door. For example, a chair under the doorknob or heavy things like a couch or desk in front of the door. If possible, find a secondary hiding spot within the room. Hide inside a closet, inside a cabinet, or perhaps beside or behind some large office furniture or equipment. The goal is to hide you from the active shooter’s view.

Remain Calm

When you hide, remain as silent as possible. Be sure to turn off your cell phone’s sound and vibrate functions. Remember, you can often hear a vibrating cell phone as clearly as a ringing phone. Remain as calm as you can and focus on your breathing. Make a conscious effort to breathe in and out slowly. Consider counting to 4 when breathing in. Hold your breath for a count of 3 or 4, and breath out for a count of 4. Controlled breathing will help keep you calm and lower your heart rate.

Remember, if you can’t escape, HIDE!

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