Understand an Active Threat:
An Active Threat is an individual engaged in attempting to kill people in a confined space of populated areas. An Active Threat can be:
- Individuals using firearms to cause mass casualties (active shooter).
- Individuals using a vehicle to cause mass casualties.
- Individuals using homemade bombs to cause mass casualties.
- Other methods used in mass attacks may include knives, fires, drones, or other weapons.
Before an Active Threat:
- Sign up for WichitaFalls CodeRED: The number one way to receive an emergency alert from Wichita Falls OEM and NWS is through a CodeRED message. Visit Emergency Alerts for more information on how to sign up and keep your information up to date.
- Stay Alert: Always be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
- If you see something, say something: Report suspicious packages, people, bags, cars, and anything out of the ordinary to local authorities.
- Observe warning signs: Signs might include unusual or violent communications, substance abuse, expressed anger, or intent to cause harm. These warning signs may increase over time.
- Have an exit plan: Preidentify exits and areas to hide wherever you go, including work, school, and special events.
- Learn lifesaving skills: Take trainings such as Until Help Arrives, Stop the Bleed, and CPR/First Aid to assist the wounded before help arrives.
To learn more about active threat preparedness contact WFPD for the CRASS class.
During an Active Threat:
- Seek safety. Getting away from the attacker is the top priority.
- Leave your belongings behind and get away.
- Call 9-1-1 when you are safe and describe the attacker, location, and weapons.
- Cover and hide if you can't evacuate. Find a place to hide out of view of the attacker and put a solid barrier between yourself and the threat if possible.
- Close and lock doors, close blinds, and turn off the lights.
- Keep silent.
- Fight only as a last resort. When you can't run or hide, attempt to disrupt the attack or disable the attacker.
- Be aggressive and commit to your actions. (This is not a fair fight)
- Recruit others to ambush the attacker with makeshift weapons such as chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc.
- Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the attacker.
When Police Arrive:
- Remain calm and follow instructions.
- Keep hands open, visible, and empty.
- Follow law enforcement instructions and evacuate in the direction they tell you to go.
- Report to designated areas to provide information and get help.
- Contact your family and friend to let them know you are safe. Text is the best option for emergency communication.