Active Aggressor/Threat

What To Do When There Is An Active Aggressor Threat

Unfortunately, active aggressor occurrences are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s society. Active aggressors can appear at schools, public places, and even your job. So it’s important to have a plan of action on what to do if this type incident were to occur.


  • If possible, attempt to evacuate the premises.
  • Leave your belongings behind and evacuate whether your coworkers choose to also evacuate or stay.
  • Leave the building with your hands visible for responding officers.
  • Call 911


  • If evacuation is not possible, proceed to the area designated as a “safe room.”
  • Lock the door and/or barricade it with heavy objects.
  • Call 911
  • Silence your cell phone.
  • If you are unable to get to the safe room, hide behind large objects, silence your cell phone and remain quiet.


  • As a last resort, take action against the active aggressor.
  • Attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active aggressor by acting as aggressively as possible against them.
  • Use improvised weapons, and commit to your actions against the aggressor.
  • Be familiar with entire work area and all employees
  • Select a safe room with a working phone, first aid kit and door that can be locked.
  • Have annual meetings with employees to make sure everyone knows the location of the safe room and understands the plan of action.
  • Set up and run practice drills annually.
  • Should an event occur, assist in directing employees to either evacuate or hide.
  • Work with Human Resources to identify employees with a history of threats against the work place and ensure employee rosters are current.
  • Ensure that employees display their issued I.D. cards at all times.
  • Review and update building floor plans annually.
  • Number rooms to assist first responders.
  • Identify areas for employees to run to and areas to avoid in an evacuation.
  • Have resources available for employees following an incident.
  • Proactively work with law enforcement by making sure they have a master key of the building, having blue prints of the building available, allowing them to train in your facility and encouraging them to randomly stop by and be visible.