Active Shooter

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Advice on Active Shooter Situations

In the wake of the tragic incidents in our nation over the last few years, I have the unfortunate but important task of ensuring that you know how to respond in the unlikely event that you ever encounter a situation with the potential for shooting violence in the City of Loveland.

An active shooter situation is unpredictable and your immediate response depends on a variety of circumstances. The following guidelines have been developed based on the best practices established by members of the Loveland Police Department and other law enforcement officials.

If it is possible to do so safely, exit the building immediately when you become aware of an incident, moving away from the immediate path of danger, and take the following steps:

1. Stay calm and notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately.
2. Evacuate to a safe area away from the danger, and take protective cover. Stay there until assistance arrives.
3. Call 911, which will connect you with highly trained dispatchers, providing the following information: 
    a. Your name 
    b. Location of the incident (be as specific as possible) 
    c. Number of shooters (if known) 
    d. Identification or description of shooter(s) 
    e. Number of persons who may be involved 
    f. Your exact location 
    g. Injuries to anyone, if known 
4. Individuals not immediately impacted by the situation should take protective cover, staying away from windows and doors until notified otherwise.

If you are directly involved in an incident and exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

1. Go to the nearest room or office.
2. Close and lock the door. If you cannot lock the door, place large objects in front of the door to act as a barrier (ie. office furniture, large printers, boxes, etc).
3. Turn off the lights.
4. Seek protective cover. This may be under a desk or table or anywhere else that offers some concealment.
5. Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
6. Silence all cell phones.
7. Do not answer the door.
8. Notify 911, if it is safe to do so, providing each dispatcher with the following information: 
    a. Your name 
    b. Your location (be as specific as possible)     
    c. Number of shooters (if known)     
    d. Identification or description of shooter 
    e. Number of persons who may be involved 
    f. Injuries if known
9. Wait for law enforcement officers to assist you out of the building.

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