Emergency ManagementActive Shooter Response
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a conﬁned and populated area, typically through the use of ﬁrearms.
How to Respond
- Run & Avoid - Always have an escape route in mind, leave your belongings behind, keep hands visible.
- Hide & Deny - Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view, block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors, silence your mobile phone and remain quiet.
- Fight & Defend - As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter by throwing items and acting with physical aggression.
- When Law Enforcement Arrives:
- Remain calm and follow instructions
- Put down any items you are carrying in your hands
- Raise your hands and spread your ﬁngers
- Keep your hands visible at all times
- Avoid sudden or quick movements toward ofﬁcers
- Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
- Do not stop to ask ofﬁcers for help or direction when evacuating
How to Be Prepared
- Know your environment and any possible dangers.
- Always know your surroundings and the nearest exits.
- Whenever you see something suspicious, immediately contact the TCC Police at (850) 201-6100.
The videos and resources below are made available to assist you in the preparation and response to an Active Shooter Incident.
Run, Hide, Fight-Surviving an Active Shooter Incident (Video, 6 minutes)
FEMA Active Shooter On-Line Course (Video, 45 minutes)
How to Respond Poster (.pdf)
How to Respond Pocket Guide (.pdf)
Texas State University-Civilian Response to an Active Shooter (Video, 12 minutes)