Run, Hide, Fight

In light of the Connecticut school shooting, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services offers these tips for dealing with an "active shooter situation."

Two high-profile mass casualty shootings in less than a month have left the country horrified and a little bit on edge. 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.


  • Run if a safe path is available. Always try and escape or evacuate even if others insist on staying.
  • Encourage others to leave with you but don't let the indecision of others slow down your own effort to escape.
  • Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 9-1-1.
  • If you can't get out safely, find a place to hide.
  • When hiding, turn out lights, remember to lock doors and silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone.
  • As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons and fight.

A DHS-funded video gives tips to survive a shooter. Entitled "Run, Hide, Fight," the video depicts a fictional shooting incident at an office building and can be found on Cobb County Government websites.

Cobb County Public Safety encourages its personnel to discuss these guidelines with your business or associations upon request through email safetyeducation@cobbcounty.org or call 770-852-3282.

Editor's note: This release was prepared by Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services.

Joe Bozeman January 05, 2013 at 06:34 PM
This is very good advice. I was eating in a restaurant in Acworth a few years ago when there was shooting. A man pulled a handgun and killed a man at the bar. The discharge of the weapon sounded like someone had dropped a tray of food. Then another man at the bar wrestled with the shooter, the gun was fired again hitting the shooter in the leg, this prevented anymore shots being fired. People ran from the bar screaming. We walked as calmly as possible to the emergency exit door while people were running in panic to the regular exit. When outside, I called 911. The call must have reached a 911 center not near Acworth because the operator had no idea where the restaurant was. I got very frustrated with her and told her to call the Acworth police. I cannot remember the gentleman's name who disarmed the shooter, but he is a hero. I hope I would have acted like he did if I had been in the bar instead of the dining area. I might add, this was not in a beer joint, it was a top of the line steak house that has now gone out of business. I will always believe this instance had lots to do with the restaurants closing.


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