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Notes from the Active Threat talk on March 23, 2018 by Stanford Police. See short video


Use your escape plan! Get out at the first sign of danger

Leave belongings behind

Take others with you if possible.
- you may need to leave wounded behind
- you cannot help others if you become a victim yourself

Try to prevent others from entering

Keep you hands visible (so you are not mistaken for the shooter)

Follow orders of Law Enforcement (they are amped up and not likely to be nice about this)

Call 911 when safe to do so
- Keep in mind in a crowded location that others may be doing the same



Find a place to hide where shooter is less likely to find you
- Plan this out ahead of time in your workplace
- If possible determine a place that will not trap you

Stay out of a shooter's view

Lock the door, barricade with heavy furniture if possible

Hide behind heavy objects (desks, file cabinets, etc.)

Remain quiet. Silence your cell phone ringer and other sources of noise

Dial 911 if possible
- If you cannot talk just leave the line open
- texting to 911 likely not possible.



As a last resort to save your life you may need to attack the shooter
- Act as aggressively as possible
- An attack by a group is more effective than by a single person (remember United flight 93)
- Improvise weapons (chair, laptop, paperweights, sharp objects)
- Throw things
- Yell and shout, try to disorient the shooter
- Commit to your actions! No second chances.


Notes from after the talk:

Important that the shooter not be able to see into a room to see if anyone is present. Have worked out ahead of time a way to cover windows, especially those on doors.

In Florida they are supplying a five gallon bucket of river stones to be used for a group defense. Think about, ahead of time, where items are in your area.

The police will kill a shooter without hesitation. They gave up the right to "nice" the moment they brought a weapon on campus.

Images from the marches against gun violence on March 24, 2018