Chances are you'll never face an active attacker situation.
However if you do, you need to be prepared.
An active attacker situation can cause disbelief, panic and disorientation. Knowing what to
do in advance, increases your chances of surviving. Your reaction matters.
These three words — RUN, HIDE, FIGHT — may save your life or the lives of others.
- Location of the active threat
- Description of attacker(s)
- Number and type of weapons and/or suspicious packages
- Location of victims and hazards (fire or explosions)
- Follow all instructions from officers
- Keep your hands visible at all times
- Tell officers where the attacker is, if you know
Police officers responding to an active attacker are trained to proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard in order to stop the attack as quickly as possible and create a safe environment for medical assistance to be brought in to aid the injured.
The responding officers may be in teams dressed in normal patrol uniforms, or they may be wearing external ballistic vests and other tactical gear. Expect to see different uniforms and/or officers in civilian clothes because officers will be deployed from different departments.
- End the threat
- Render medical aid
- Evacuate people safely
How you respond to an active attacker will be dictated by the specific circumstances
of the encounter. In addition, many in our community may be in an unique position whether as a result of a disability,
caregiver relationship, leadership role, unique workspace location, or a variety of other reasons. Please contact us to
discuss any specific concerns you may have.
Remember your options:
React quickly, try to remain calm and call 911 as soon as it's safe to do so.
Also, stay informed by signing up for UM Emergency Alerts.
Please contact the Community Outreach Unit if you have additional questions or would like an officer to speak to your department, class or group.
email@example.com or 734-763-1131