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ACTIVE DEADLY THREAT

What is an active deadly threat?

An active deadly threat is when an individual is actively killing or attempting to kill people, generally in a confined and/or populated area, and, in most cases, with a firearm.

These incidents are rare in Canada, but like any serious crime, your survival could depend on being prepared.

What would you do?

It's Monday morning and you are at work. You have just settled in with a cup of coffee to tackle some paperwork before your next meeting. Suddenly, you can hear loud noises and yelling from down the hall. You can't be sure, but it sounds like gunshots.

ACT FAST!

RUN OR ESCAPE

  1. If there is a safe way out, stop what you are doing and run!

  2. Leave your belongings behind

  3. Help others to escape, but don’t let indecision slow you down

  4. Call 9-1-1 when you are safe

  5. Prevent others from entering the area

 

HIDE and prepare

  • Be out of sight and silent

  • Lock and barricade the door

  • Hide behind large, solid objects that could help protect you

  • Silence your cell phone, including vibrate mode, or turn it off

  • Turn off the lights and close the blinds

  • Collect improvised weapons and make a plan of attack in case you need it

  • If the situation changes, you may want to decide to run

 

FIGHT AND DEFEND YOURSELF

  • Don’t panic – you have every right to defend yourself and your best chance for survival now is to literally fight for your life

  • Use improvised weapons, like scissors, furniture, fire extinguishers, and keys

  • Incapacitate the assailant

  • Commit to and act with physical aggression


What does the 9-1-1 operator need?

  • your exact location
  • number of assailants and their description
  • types of weapons seen or heard
  • any information on injuries

What do I do when the police arrive?

Stay calm and follow instructions from first responders. Their first priority is to locate and stop the threat and prevent further harm to innocent people. They may need to bypass injured people until it is safe to begin rescue and medical aid.

  • Put down anything you might have in your hands, such as phones or purses
  • Keep your hands visible, slowly raise them, and spread your fingers
  • DO NOT yell, run, or point at officers
  • Answer questions calmly and concisely

How can I prepare for something like this before it happens?

  • Know your environment and where all the exits are
  • Learn how to lock or secure your office, meeting room, or building floor
  • Develop a realistic safety plan - practice and evaluate its performance
  • Create a Crisis Response Package for first responders just off-site with building maps, an up-to-date employee roster, keys, pass cards, floor plans, and important contact numbers
  • Make sure you know how to mute both vibrate and the ringer on your phone.

Escape if you can, hide if you can’t, fight if you must.

 

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Vancouver Police Foundation

This video was made possible with the generous support of the Vancouver Police Foundation.

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