Yarmouth Police: Surviving an Active Killer Event

Run. Hide. Fight.

From the Yarmouth Police Department:

This bulletin created by the Yarmouth Police Department from information derived from the United States Department of Homeland Security, describes what to do if you find yourself in an Active Killer event, how to recognize signs of potential violence around you, and what to expect after an active shooting takes place.

Remember during an Active Killer Attack to RUN. HIDE.

Be Informed
•Sign up for an Active Killer training.
•If you see something, say something to an authority right away.
•Sign up to receive local emergency alerts and register your work and personal contact information with any work sponsored alert system.
•Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
Make a Plan
•Make a plan with your family, and ensure everyone knows what they would do, if confronted with an Active Killer.
•Look for the two nearest exits anywhere you go, and have an escape path in mind & identify places you could hide.
•Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs.

RUN and escape, if possible.
•Getting away from the Killer or Killers is the top priority.
•Leave your belongings behind and get away.
•Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
•Warn and prevent individuals from entering an area where the Active Killer may be.
•Call 911 when you are safe, and describe Killer, location, and weapons.

HIDE, if escape is not possible.
•Get out of the Killer’s view and stay very quiet.
•Silence all electronic devices and make sure they won’t vibrate.
•Lock and block doors, close blinds, and turn off lights.
•Don’t hide in groups- spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the Killer.
•Try to communicate with police silently. Use text message or social media to tag your location, or put a sign in a window.
•Stay in place until law enforcement gives you the all clear.
•Your hiding place should be out of the Killer's view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.
FIGHT as an absolute last resort.
•Commit to your actions and act as aggressively as possible against the Killer.
•Recruit others to ambush the Killer with makeshift weapons like chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc.
•Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the Killer.
•Throw items and improvise weapons to distract and disarm the shooter.
•Keep hands visible and empty.
•Know that law enforcement’s first task is to end the incident, and they may have to pass injured along the way.
•Officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, and/or handguns and may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation.
•Officers will shout commands and may push individuals to the ground for their safety.
•Follow law enforcement instructions and evacuate in the direction they come from, unless otherwise instructed.
•Take care of yourself first, and then you may be able to help the wounded before first responders arrive.
•If the injured are in immediate danger, help get them to safety.
•While you wait for first responder to arrive, provide first aid. Apply direct pressure to wounded areas and use tourniquets if you have been trained to do so.
•Turn wounded people onto their sides if they are unconscious and keep them warm.
•Consider seeking professional help for you and your family to cope with the long-term effects of the trauma.

Be sure to watch the important Run Hide Fight training video, embedded below.

This bulletin was created by Deputy Chief Steven G. Xiarhos of the Yarmouth Police Department. Please join us for our upcoming Active Killer training class at Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 6PM. There is no cost for the training and it is open to everyone. For additional information, please visit us on Yarmouth Police department Facebook or email Deputy Chief Xiarhos at [email protected]


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