Active Shooter Response
An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in harming or attempting to harm people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.
Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.
Individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation because most active shooter situations are over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement has a chance to arrive on the scene.
HOW SHOULD YOU RESPOND IN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION?RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event
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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
- Help others escape, if possible
- Leave your belongings behind
- Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be
- Do not attempt to move wounded people
- Call 911 when you are safe, while on campus dial 464-4000 or 911 from any campus phone
- Keep your hands visible
- Follow the instructions of any police officers
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 (i.e., 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
- Blockade 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 (i.e., radios, televisions)
- Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)
- Remain quiet
If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:
- Remain calm
- Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the 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:
- Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter
- Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
- Committing to your actions