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See Something, Say Something

Active Shooter - Run, Hide, & Fight

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation.

1. RUN

If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind

  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow

  • Leave your belongings behind

  • Help others escape, if possible

  • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be

  • Keep your hands visible

  • Follow the instructions of any police officers

  • Do not attempt to move wounded people

  • Call 911 when you are safe


If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.


Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the active shooter's view

  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (ie. an office with a closed and locked door)

  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement

To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:

  • Lock the door

  • Blockage the door with heavy furniture

If the active shooter is nearby:

  • Lock the door

  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager

  • Turn off any source of noise (ie. radios, television)

  • Hide behind large items (ie. cabinets, desks)

  • Remain quiet

If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:

  • Remain calm

  • Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to active shooter's location

  • If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen


As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:

  • Acting aggressively as possible against him/her

  • Throwing items and improvising weapons

  • Yelling

  • Committing to your actions

Who should you call to make a report?

Take the time to lookup your local emergency numbers and write them down next to your phone. To report suspicious activity, call 911 or your local police department, or the nearest GBI or FBI Office. The Oglethorpe County Sheriff non-emergency number at 706-743-8101.

What is suspicious activity?

Citizens could observe a variety of actions, statements, associations, timing or patterns of activity that may create suspicions of illegal conduct in their community. No one has a better perspective about what is defined as “normal” activity in the communities, than the people who live there. Law Enforcement has always relied upon the commonsense perceptions of Oglethorpe citizens who notice something or someone that appears suspicious or out of place. Participating in Oglethorpe's Homeland Security is just like taking part in your local Neighborhood watch, only much more is at stake.


When under High Alert, the Oglethorpe County Department of Public Safety has increased security at key county facilities. Access will be restricted at some facilities, and unescorted visitors will not be permitted.

  • Familiarize yourselves with buildings you frequent, prepare a disaster kit and report any suspicious activity to the police departments by calling 911 or the Oglethorpe County Sheriff  non-emergency number at 706-743-8101.

  • Have alternate routes to get to and from work and to pick your kids up from school, daycare and after school activities.

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