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Active Shooter Response

Please follow the following guidelines to survive an active shooter event. It is important to remember that you should not wait to be told what to do if an active shooter is in your area. Decisions made (or not) and actions taken (or not) will have a direct impact on survival.


  • Escape if you can
  • Encourage others to follow
  • Prevent others from entering the area
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Call 911 or Public Safety as soon as you are safe
  • Keep your hands empty and visible


  • Hide in an area out of the shooter's view
  • Lock/block the doors
  • Remain quiet and silence your phone
  • Stay away from windows and doors


  • If no other option and your life is in danger - fight
  • Act with aggression and attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Use improvised weapons and throw objects at the shooter
  • Your life depends on it so commit yourself to your actions

What to expect upon the arrival of law enforcement

  • Responding officers will bypass the wounded to get to the threat
  • Responding officers will be armed with rifles, shotguns and handguns
  • Expect chaos
  • Remain calm and follow the instructions of the responding police
  • Do not grab onto the police or run directly at them
  • Raise your hands in the air and keep them empty so the police can see them at all times
  • Law enforcements first priority is to eliminate the threat, then rescue and evacuate the wounded

What is NOT expected of you

  • Confronting armed, threatening behavior unless it is a last resort
  • Panic
  • Interfering with law enforcement strategies and responses
  • Chasing fleeing suspects

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