Your actions during an Act of Violence or Active Shooter situation should take into consideration the totality of the situation and the facts that you know. Consider your options when deciding to act, whether you run, hide, or fight. IF there is an emergency message from the campus, FOLLOW the directions unless you have conflicting information. IF there is no message, you must make a decision given the information you have available. Select the best course of action according to the situation in which you find yourself. Always be aware of your surroundings and know what is going on around you, no matter where you are.
If you can, run.
If you can safely leave the area, evacuate immediately. If you are inside a building, use any way out.
Call 9-1-1 when safe.
Provide the dispatcher with the following information:
- Your name.
- Location of the incident (be as specific as possible).
- Number of shooters or people involved (if known).
- Identification or description of shooter(s).
- Number of persons who may be involved.
- Your exact location.
- Injuries to anyone, if known.
If you cannot run, hide.
If it is too risky to run, hide. Do not be an easy target. Ideally, you want a room with no windows and a locking door. Make it look like the room is unoccupied. Turn off the noise on all electronic devices and turn out the lights. Be prepared to stay hidden for a long time.
- Go to the nearest room or office.
- Close and lock the door. If the door has an interior lock, use it.
- Turn off the lights.
- Barricade the door with any available means.
- Seek protective cover. Stay away from doors and windows.
- Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
- Do not answer the door. Wait for police to assist you out of the building.
- If you are safe and secure in your space, await further emergency messaging from the campus. There may be a time delay in additional information. Be patient.
- Call 911 only if there is an emergency at your location.
If confronted, be prepared to fight.
Consider the weapons you have that are not typical. Fire extinguishers, chairs, and books can all be used to defend yourself. If confronted then fight. Commit to your action and act as aggressively as possible against the threat. Make a plan with those you are hiding with. Fight until the threat is over.
When the police arrive:
- Hands in the air
- Avoid sudden movements
- Obey police direction
Shelter in Place
The shelter in place direction is given when it is safer for the campus community to remain inside, wherever they are on campus. Shelter in place means finding a safe location indoors and staying there until you are given an “all clear” or told to evacuate. You may be asked to shelter in place because of an active shooter; tornado; or chemical, radiological, or other hazard.
- Get inside and remain inside until you are provided additional information.
- Find a safe spot in this location. The exact spot will depend on the type of emergency, however, try to find a spot with minimal windows, where the door will shut and lock. Close and lock all windows, exterior doors, and any other openings to the outside.
- Stay put in this location until officials say that it is safe to leave.
- Dial 911 if you have an emergency inside the location where you are sheltering.