Active Shooter Response

What to do:

Your actions should be determined by the circumstances and where you are in relation to the shooter. Stay alert to your surroundings and decide whether to run, hide or take action.

1. Run

  • If there is an escape path attempt to evacuate.

  • Evacuate whether others agree to or not.

  • Leave your valuables behind.

  • Help others to escape if you can do so safely.

  • Attempt to keep others from entering the area.

  • Call 911 when you are safe.

2. Hide Out

  • If running is not an option, hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.

  • Block entry to your hiding place. Lock or jam the door, pile up furniture, do anything to discourage entry.

  • Silence all mobile devices.

  • Remain quiet.
  • Try to hide in a location that blocks the shooter's view, provides protection, and allows you room to move if needed.

3. Take Action

  • As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter.

  • Act with physical aggression. In this situation, your best defense is to surprise your attacker by going on the offensive.

  • Throw items at the shooter, try to knock the weapon away, physically assault the assailant – do whatever it takes to survive.

Call 911

As soon as it is safe to do so, call for help. Stay calm and provide the following information:

  • Location of the shooter;

  • Number of shooters;

  • Physical description of shooters;

  • Number and the type of weapons being used;

  • Number of potential victims at the location.

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm and follow all instructions.
  • Put down any items in your hands (bags, jackets, anything) so responders don’t mistake it for a weapon.
  • Raise your hands, keep them visible and spread your fingers.
  • Avoid quick movements towards officers and do not hold on to them.
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling.
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or assistance with exiting, unless directed to do so by an officer.