Active Shooter Preparedness

The Howard County Police Department wants you to be prepared in the event of an active shooter incident in your house of worship, workplace or any public environment. These situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Because active shooter situations are often over within a few minutes, even before law enforcement can arrive on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with this kind of emergency. YOU are your own first-responder. Be prepared. Be smart. Be safe. Use the following information to learn more about the best ways to protect yourself and others.

RUN: Get away as fast as you can.

HIDE: If you can’t get away, learn the best ways to conceal and protect yourself.

FIGHT: If you are confronted and have no other options, fight for your life as your last resort.

Additional resources
Checklist: Being prepared for an active shooter or other emergency
Homeland Security's Active Shooter Preparedness Program
Homeland Security's Active Shooter pocket card
FEMA's How to prepare for and respond during and after an active shooter incident

Safety information specific to public gathering places

HCPD presentation on Police and Civilian Response to Violence in Gathering Place PDF (Nov. 2018) (