How to Handle an Active Shooter Senario

If your staff ever experiences an Active Shooter in the vicinity of your business, here are a few tips to help you plan to be prepared. It is important that you quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation. So consider the planning and practicing the following 4 Steps to keep everyone safe.

1. Evacuate:  If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises ASAP.

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Help others escape, if possible
  • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be
  • Keep your hands visible
  • Follow the instructions of any police officers
  • Do not attempt to move wounded people
  • Call 911 when you are safe

2.  Hide out: If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the active shooter’s view
  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed and locked door)
  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
  • Lock the door
  • Blockade the door with heavy furniture

3.  Get Help/Minimize Attention: If the active shooter is nearby:

  • Lock the door
  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager
  • Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)
  • Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)
  • Remain quiet if evacuation and hiding out are not possible:
  • Remain calm
  • Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location
  • If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen

4. If Forced—Take Action against the active shooter As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:

  • Act as aggressively as possible against him/her
  • Yell, incapacitate or run, depending on your options
  • Commit to your actions, inaction is deadly as a sitting target

These tips are part of a Guide from Homeland Security. For a copy of the complete guide, contact

South Bay Security is the local security authority of the South Bay, providing patrolling, security and safety programs for residents and businesses in cities from El Segundo to Long Beach. Their experience has helped their staff diffuse many difficult security situations. They specialize in protecting their clients’ properties, while upholding the respect and dignity of their clients and their employees, as well as the public.  For more information on their mobile security or full service, contact them at 310-539-3505 or by email. Set up a time to review your security needs and address concerns. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where they also provide the security, as well as at many other South Bay locations. Visit their website at: .These tips are part of a Guide from Homeland Security. For a copy of the complete guide, contact and request a copy.