Active Shooter or Gunman

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If you hear what sounds like gunshots or popping, immediately assume they are gunshots and don’t investigate.

If the shooter is outside your building

  • If possible, go to a room that can be locked.
  • Close and lock all the windows and doors.
  • Turn off all the lights.
  • If possible, get everyone down on the floor and ensure that no one is visible from outside the room.
  • One person in the room should call 911.

If the shooter is in your building

  • Determine if the room you are in can be locked
  • If not, determine if there is a nearby location that can be reached safely and secured, or if you can safely exit the building.
  • If the room cannot be locked, barricade the door with heavy furniture such as desks, tables, and bookcases if possible.
  • If you determine that escape is possible, run and attempt to alert others as you exit the area/building. As you exit, warn others from entering the area/building of danger.

If the shooter is in your classroom

  • Try to remain calm.
  • Dial 911, if possible, and alert police to the shooter’s location.
  • If you can’t speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can listen to what’s taking place.
  • If there is absolutely no opportunity for escape or hiding, attempt to shield yourself with any available object (i.e., desk, book bags, computers, etc.).
  • It might be possible to negotiate with the shooter.
  • If you and others decide to make an attempt to overpower the shooter, realize this will involve significant risk and cannot be accomplished half-heartedly.
  • No matter what the circumstances, if you decide to flee during an active shooting situation, make sure you have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Do not attempt to carry anything while fleeing; move quickly, keep your hands visible, and follow the instructions of any police officers you may encounter.
  • Do not attempt to remove injured people; instead, leave wounded victims where they are and notify authorities of their location as soon as possible.
  • Do not try to drive off campus until advised it is safe to do so by police or campus administrators; law enforcement authorities will want to speak with you to obtain information.