ACTIVE SHOOTER COURSE: AWARENESS - AVOIDANCE - ARM - ATTACK
An active shooter is an individual engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations often are over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
PURPOSE:The 4As is a 4 step process to prevent or reduce loss of life in an active shooter event.
- Accept that an emergency is occurring.
- Assess what to do next so that you can save as many lives as possible, which depends on your location.
- Act: Lockdown (lock and barricade the doors, turn off the lights, have patients get on the floor and hide) or evacuate or fight back (last resort).
- Alert law enforcement and security professionals.