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Run, Hide, Fight

Active Shooter Survival

As an employer you must provide a workplace free from recognized hazards. Workplace violence now accounts for approximately 10% of workplace fatalities. Disgruntled employees, dissatisfied customers, family conflicts or other factors can lead to violence in the workplace. Occasionally people lose control and seek out violent resolutions.

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or other populated areas. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable, escalate and evolve quickly.

Because these situations are so volatile, and can get out of control so quickly whether in a businesses or a public place including malls, movie theaters, restaurants, parks, etc., it is essential that the average citizens be given a procedure that’s easy to remember.


With this in mind The Department of Homeland Security and the  Houston (TX) Office of Public Safety  recently came up with   Run, Hide, and Fight.

Run – If you are able to escape, you must attempt to evacuate even if others disagree. Encourage others to evacuate with you. Prevent others from entering the area and call 911.

Hide – Get to an office, closet or conference room and lock the door. If  you can’t get to a securable room, hide. Be sure to silence all mobile devices and remain quiet.

Fight – If you find yourself with no way to escape or hide, as a last resort, you should physically engage the violent individual by whatever means necessary. Utilize whatever is close by as an improvised weapon and get others to help you. You must commit to the idea of fighting back.

So, why Run, Hide, and Fight? When you call 9-1-1 response times vary, it may be as soon as five minutes but can take longer. Often they get there after the assault has started. Until an emergency response team arrives, you are on your own.  

Run, Hide, Fight is a powerful message for self preservation and the survival of those around you.


 ASHI Authorized Training Center Member of the National Preparedness Coalition