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“Active Shooter / Terrorism Response for Civilians”
Sadly, the occurrence of mass shootings, workplace violence and related incidents are becoming more common. While it’s hard to imagine these horrific attacks happening here in the Wood River Valley, the recent tragic events in Orlando and other locales are a reminder that small businesses and small towns are not immune. Violence can happen anywhere and at any time. As the Sheriff and Chief Deputy of the Blaine County, we are concerned about the safety of our citizens and visitors. We hope that this kind of violence never occurs here, but the best plan is to be educated and prepared in case it does. We have assembled the following information to educate you on what to do if you’re ever faced with this type of situation, not only here but wherever you should travel. The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping you safe; your preparedness and knowledge will help us in doing so.
Sheriff Gene Ramsey
Chief Deputy Steve Harkins
Definition of an Active Shooter
- An armed person who has or is about to use deadly force on others and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims. Active Shooters have caused a paradigm shift in law enforcement training and tactics, especially as these persons do not necessarily expect to escape or even survive these situations.
Active Shooter Facts
- 98% act alone
- 90% commit suicide, usually on site
- 80% use a long gun (rifle, shotgun or carbine)
- 75% bring multiple weapons, sometimes with hundreds of rounds of ammunition
- The shooters are preoccupied with obtaining a high body count before police intervention
- Increasingly, they are wearing body armor
- They almost never take hostages and do not negotiate
- They are dynamic and quick, finishing their attack in an average of less than 8 minutes
WHAT YOU CAN DO…..Individual Protective Measures
If you are inside a building:
- If possible to do so safely, exit the building or area immediately moving away from the path of danger and take the following steps:
–Notify anyone you encounter to exit the area immediately
–Do NOT activate a fire alarm
- If you cannot safely exit, secure your immediate area and take protective cover.
–Lock the door if you can
–Turn off the lights
–Barricade the area if possible (desks, file cabinets, furniture)
–Keep quiet and stay away from windows
- Call 911 and stay on the line to provide details of:
–Your exact location, description of suspect, weapons, injuries, etc.
- Stay calm and assure others that steps are being taken to protect them.
- As a last resort if confronted by the shooter you may make the decision to fight back.
If you are caught outside in the open:
- Seek Cover and Concealment
Use whatever is available to obscure you from the shooter, walls, trees, poles, buildings, fencing, containers, etc.
- Hide behind Something Capable of Stopping a Bullet
Masonry or brick wall, engine block of a car, etc.
- Run – If Safe
Do not run in a straight line
- Summon Help When Safe To Do So
- Fight – As a Last Option
Use any object to disable the shooter
If the Shooter is Outside of Your Building……
- Lock doors and windows, close curtains / shades
- Lay down on floor or crouch below window line
- Dial 911– Give location, incident details and follow directions
- If safe to do so – move to a central secure area
- Stay in place until an “All Clear” signal is issued
- Follow all directions of Police personnel
If the Shooter is Inside Your Building……
- If it is safe to do so, flee from the building
- Dial 911 – Give your location, incident details and follow directions
- DO NOT pull the fire alarm
- Lock and barricade your door, stay low, remain silent
- Stay in place until an “All Clear” is given by a recognized authority
- Follow directions of Police personnel
If a Shooter comes into your room or office……….
- Immediately make a decision to, run, take cover or fight – consider your safety first.
- As a last resort, fight the shooter. Remember that your last resort may be your only resort. Rush with available people, throw things or use improvised weapons to take the shooter to the ground.
- When safe to do so dial 911 – Give your location and the situation details and follow directions.
Upon Arrival of Police / Law Enforcement
- Drop Anything in Your Hands, Purses, Back Packs, etc.
- Keep Hands in View
- Raise Hands and Spread Fingers
- Do Not Make Any Sudden Movements
- Comply With All Instructions of Law Enforcement
- Wait for “All Clear” Signal from Law Enforcement
Remember…………… How you respond to an Active Shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter, bearing in mind there could be more than one shooter involved in the same incident.
Active Events are unpredictable.
Attacks can be carefully planned with specific targets.
Be prepared and consider NOW what actions you would need to take.
Report concerns, suspicious activity and/or behavior.
Direct threat – Call 911
If you find yourself involved in an actual shooter situation, try to remain calm and use these guidelines to help YOU plan a strategy for survival.
HAVE A PLAN!!!
You must decide based upon your own assessment
- FLEE…Run from the area of the shooter IF it is safe to do so.
- HIDE… If you can get to a safe and secure location
- FIGHT…As a last option using anything you can as a weapon
Additionally, the US Department of Homeland Security offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters.