Active Shooter

What To Do
If hearing of a shooting incident or if a suspect is at large in your area:
  • Stay calm and indoors.
  • Make sure doors and windows to your home/building are locked.
  • Call 911 immediately if you see someone fitting this description or someone in your neighborhood or in the area acting suspiciously. Give your exact location and as many details as you can.
  • Help law enforcement and public safety personal by keeping the incident site free of traffic and crowds. The best way to assist is to remain in your homes and workplaces and to be the eyes and ears in your neighborhoods.
If an Active Shooter is in your Building or direct area:

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life.

Run.  Escape quickly and quietly.  Leave your belongings.  Call 9-1-1 when safe.

Hide.  If you can’t safely escape, hide.  Block entry to your hiding place. Turn off lights, lock the door, hide behind a large item, silence cell phones, stay quiet.  Call 9-1-1 when it is safe.  If you can’t talk, leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is happening.

Fight.   As an absolute last resort, act aggressively.  Throw items, improvise weapons, yell.  Commit to your actions.

Follow police instructions.

Stay Alert

Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Department of Homeland Security