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What Should I Do If I Hear Gunshots?

If you hear gunshots, don’t assume that shooting is happening where you are. It could be nearby, or it could be far away. If you have a safe place to go, get there immediately and tell someone what happened. If you can’t get there safely, duck into a room and call 911. Don’t go outside until the police say it’s safe to do so.

Once you’re in a safe place, stay away from any windows or doors until police arrive, even if you’re trying to escape from danger inside your home or office building. If there’s an active shooter situation where you are, the suspect may try to break into your residence or office through a window or door.

When gunshots are fired, it is important to remain calm and take the necessary steps to ensure your safety.

If you hear gunshots, it is important to remain calm and take the necessary steps to ensure your safety. If you are in a place that is not safe, move as quickly and quietly as possible out of the area. If you cannot leave the area safely, find a place where you can hide safely until police arrive.

If you are outdoors, stay away from windows and doors, move away from parked vehicles and crouch down with your hands on your head.

If you are inside a building, get down behind cover or get away from windows. If anyone is injured or needs medical attention, call 911 immediately.

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Last modified: October 25, 2022

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