The unthinkable can happen anywhere. An active shooter situation in the workplace can strike fear in even the calmest among us. But in the face of such danger, knowledge is power. The “Run, Hide, Fight” method offers a clear and concise framework for surviving an active shooter event. Let’s break down each step:


  • This is your top priority. If there’s a clear escape route and it’s safe to do so, get out. Don’t worry about your belongings – your life is paramount.
  • Know your exits. Familiarize yourself with escape routes in all the places you frequent. Have a plan for where you’ll go.
  • Help others escape, but don’t wait for them. In the heat of the moment, hesitation can be deadly.
  • Move quickly and quietly. Avoid drawing attention to yourself.
  • Once you’re safe, call 911. Report the incident and your location to emergency services.


  • If escape isn’t possible, find a secure place to hide. Lock doors, silence your phone, and stay completely quiet.
  • Look for cover. Ideally, this would be something solid that can stop bullets, like a concrete wall or a filing cabinet.
  • Concealment is better than nothing. Desks, chairs, or even bookshelves can offer some protection from sight.
  • Stay alert. Listen for updates from law enforcement and be prepared to react if necessary.


  • This should be an absolute last resort. Only consider fighting back if your life is in imminent danger and there’s no other option.
  • Fight dirty. Use improvised weapons like fire extinguishers, chairs, or anything at your disposal.
  • Work together. If you’re with others, plan and coordinate your actions to overwhelm the shooter.
  • Remember, the goal is to incapacitate or distract the shooter long enough to escape.

Beyond Run, Hide, Fight:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Notice exits and potential hiding spots in any new environment.
  • Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, it probably is. Don’t be afraid to evacuate.
  • Take an active shooter training course. Many organizations offer programs that can provide additional knowledge and practice.

By familiarizing yourself with the Run, Hide, Fight method, you can empower yourself to act decisively in a critical situation. Remember, staying calm and thinking clearly can make all the difference. Let’s all work together to be prepared, stay safe, and hope we never have to use this knowledge. Check out Hazmat School’s online course for dealing with an Active Shooter in the Workplace now.

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