Cobb County Government

Active Shooter Guidelines for Employees


Video: Surviving an Active Shooter Event

RUN When an active shooter is in your vicinity:

  • If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate.
  • Evacuate whether others agree to or not.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Help others escape if possible.
  • Prevent others from entering the area.
  • Call 9-1-1 when you are at a safe distance.

HIDE If an evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide:

  • Lock and/or blockade the door.
  • Silence your cell phone.
  • Hide behind or under large objects staying low to the floor.
  • Turn off the lights, close the blinds.
  • Do not go to a Shelter-In-Place site.
  • Remain very quiet.
  • Call 911 as soon as safely possible.

FIGHT As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger:

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression.
  • Improvise weapons.
  • Commit to your actions

9-1-1 When law enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm and do exactly as the police direct you to do.
  • Keep your hands empty and visible at all times.
  • Do not get in the officers way.
  • First arriving officers will not stop to assist the injured or evacuate personnel.