One of the most frightening situations that can occur on a college campus is dealing with an active shooter. An active shooter is a person who is actively threatening lives or prepared to threaten lives in a populated area. Schedule a drill for your department or building by submitting a request. You must take the Community Response to an Active Shooter class before participating in a drill. We can schedule a two hour block to teach the class and perform the drill in the same day. By scheduling a drill, you can practice what you just learned.
- Have an escape plan in mind.
- If you are outside a building near the threat, go to the nearest cover immediately.
- If you are inside the building and you are confident you know the shooter’s location and have a clear path to an exit, evacuate immediately, and take others with you if possible.
- Prevent others from entering the building.
- Keep your hands empty and visible and follow all instructions from police.
- Tell police anything you know about the shooter (location, weapons, etc).
If you are inside a building and the shooter(s) location is unknown, the safest option is normally to barricade:
- Lock and barricade doors with heavy furniture.
- Stay away from doors or windows.
- Turn off lights.
- Block windows.
- Turn off radios and computer monitors.
- Keep yourself out of sight (take cover/protection from bullets by using concrete walls or heavy furniture)
- Silence your cell phone.
- Quietly report to 911:
- Your specific location
- Number of people at your location
- Number of injured and types of injuries
- Assailant(s) – location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, types of weapons, backpack, shooter’s identity (if known), separate explosions from gunfire, etc.
- If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen.
As a last resort, and only if your life is in immediate danger, attempt to stop the attacker by:
- Working as a group if possible
- Improvising weapons
- Committing to your actions
- Acting with physical aggression