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Armed Individual

An armed individual is a person with a gun, knife, or other object and whose behaviour could put the safety of the building occupants at risk or who could intentionally cause injuries or damage.

While it is highly unlikely that an armed individual will enter your school or workplace, understanding what you should do in an emergency can change the outcome. When should you flee? Barricade yourself? Fight the armed individual?

Here are the safety guidelines to follow. 

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If there is an armed individual in the building:

  • If there are gunshots, move away quickly in the opposite direction.
  • Leave the building without stopping to collect your personal belongings. Keep you hands visible.
  • Follow the lockdown procedure.

Focus on your own safety. Do not try to help others if doing so puts your safety at risk. Do not use the fire alarm.

If you come face to face with an armed individual:

  • Do not make eye contact.
  • Act submissive.
  • Do not try to talk to the person.
  • Stay calm and do not shout.
  • Leave the space and disengage.
  • If you can, call 911 and follow instructions

Immediate assistance

4477 (INRS landlines) or 1-855-888-4477