Shelby County Office Of Preparedness: Surviving An Active Shooter Event

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“We pray for Las Vegas following the deadliest mass shooting event our country has endured,” said Dale Lane, Shelby County Office of Preparedness (SCOP) Director.

Last night a lone gunman opened fire from a 32nd floor hotel room window targeting citizens at an outdoor country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip, according to the New York Times. During the massacre and stampede, 58 were killed and over 400 injured. The shooter was found dead in his hotel room.

“Active shooter events are unpredictable, quickly lead to chaos, and are usually resolved in a short period of time,” said Director Lane. “Your best defense is having a heightened awareness of your surroundings, identifying at least 2 exits, and mentally rehearsing what you will do to survive. Please review and share this YouTube video and survival tips.”

“Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event” 

  • Look for two exits when entering a room or
  • outdoor venue.
  • Escape! Leave belongings behind.
  • Help others escape (if possible).
  • Evacuate (even if others do not follow).


  • If escape is not possible, hide.
  • Barricade entry.
  • Lock the door and turn off lights.
  • Silence cell phones and pagers.
  • Stay in place until law enforcement gives the all clear.


  • If you cannot run or hide, as a last resort, when your life is in imminent danger, fight!
  • Incapacitate the shooter with makeshift weapons (chair, fire extinguisher, books).
  • Act with aggression (yell, throw items at the shooter).


  • Call 911 when you are out of danger.
  • Remain calm.
  • Follow law enforcement’s instructions.
  • Keep hands visible and empty.
  • Avoid quick movements. Do not scream or yell.
  • Be a good witness. Provide accurate information to law enforcement: location, description, and number of shooters, number and types of weapons, and number and location of victims.

SCOP offers a free Active Shooter Awareness class. To schedule this presentation for your group, please visit: and fill out the schedule a speaker form.


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