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Active Shooter Response


Once notified, Law Enforcement will respond to an Active Threat as quickly as possible.

Response time averages three minutes.

Your immediate actions should be focused on maximizing your personal safety until Law Enforcement is able to stop the threat.

Avoid starts with your state of mind.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Have an exit plan.
  • Move away from the source of the threat as quickly as possible.
  • The more distance and barriers between you and the threat, the better.

Deny when getting away is difficult or maybe even impossible.

  • Keep distance between you and the source.
  • Create barriers to prevent or slow down a threat from getting to you.
  • Turn the lights off.
  • Remain out of sight and quiet by hiding behind large objects and silencing your phone.

Defend because you have the right to protect yourself.

  • If you cannot Avoid or Deny, be prepared to defend yourself.
  • Be aggressive and committed to your actions.
  • Do not fight fairly. THIS IS ABOUT SURVIVAL.

When Law Enforcement arrives, SHOW YOUR HANDS AND FOLLOW COMMANDS.  Officers may ask you for information on the location of description of the shooter.  Try to be as brief and accurate as possible.  The officers will be attempting to stop the threat as quickly as possible to save lives.

The Department of Public Safety is available to provide any group in the community with training on how to respond to an active shooter situation.  Please contact Mike Keener, Chief of Police, as to schedule a training date and time.