What to do during an active shooter situation

Reno Police respond to an active shooter situation downtown on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 (KRNV/KRXI)

Being in a situation where there's an active shooter can be scary, but experts say following life-saving advice can go a long way.

Homeland Security says people have three options when there is an active shooter:


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


  • Hide in an area out of the shooter's view
  • Lock door or block entry to your hiding place
  • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet


  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter
  • Commit to your actions...your life depends on it

For more information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, click here.

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