WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A HOSTILE INTRUDER ON CAMPUS
OR ACTIVE SHOOTER
Revised Date: 8/08/2008
Tips & Guidelines regarding potential “Active Shooter” incidents occurring
Active Shooter Defined
is a barricaded suspect(s) or an outdoor movement situation where
suspect(s) is actively discharging a firearm at Law Enforcement or Community members and or randomly firing into an
area where it is reasonably expected that persons
could be struck by the suspect(s) fire. These situations leave little or no time for proper planning and normally
require first arriving “armed” Law Enforcement
units to take immediate action to end the danger by locating the suspect.
In the Classroom or Office and
No Escape is Feasible
If you are
in a classroom, room or office, STAY THERE, secure the door.
door has no lock and the door opens in, a good heavy door wedge can be
on hand and driven in as hard as you can, otherwise look for heavy furniture
barricade the door.
door has a window, cover it if you can
on the gunmen’s location, consideration may also be made to exit
window openings. Have someone watch as you get as many students out
the windows (ground floor) as calmly and as quietly as possible
Police units are yet on scene move well away from the incident and find safe
positions (not the parking lots) and wait for the police to arrive. “Cover” is something
that will “stop a bullet”, not concealment.
officers arrive on the scene, community members should get out and move toward
any Police vehicle when safe to do so while keeping their hands on top of their
head and do exactly and immediately what the Police tell you to do. L
leave the area entirely. You may have
information that responding Police
will need. Once in a safe place stay put.
windows don’t open, or you cannot break them, or you are not on a ground
get out of sight from the door and stay low and quiet.
phone can be a life line both to notify police of the incident itself and also
to keep police updated on the movement of the shooter or other situational
needs. Make sure the phone is on silent
or vibrate and speak as softly as possible and do not use the speaker feature
of the phone. If inside a room with
others, only one person should be the cell phone user with the police
In Hallways or Corridors
If in the
hallways, get into a room that is not already secured and secure it behind you.
are very close to an exit, don’t run through a long hall to get to one.
may encounter the gunmen or hostage taker. Don’t hide in restrooms!
In large rooms or auditoriums
If in a
gym or theater area and the gunmen or hostage taker/s are not present
to and out the external exits and move toward any police unit. Again
your hands on your head. Do what the police tell you!
Trapped with the Gunmen
If you are
trapped with the gunmen, don’t do anything to provoke them. If they
not shooting, do what they say and don’t move suddenly. Only you can draw
line on what you will or will not do to preserve your life or the lives of
If they do
start shooting people, you need to make a choice, (at this point it is
your choice) stay still and hope they don’t shoot you, run
for an exit while zigzaging, or
even attack the shooter. This is very dangerous, but certainly no more
doing nothing and dying in place. A moving target is much harder to hit than
stationary one and the last thing that the shooter will expect is to be
unarmed person. Any option chosen may still result in a negative consequence.
is not a recommendation to attack the shooter but rather a choice to
when there is only no other option.
and look for appropriate cover locations. Brick walls, large trees,
walls, parked vehicles and any other object which may stop a bullet.
Always notify the police department as soon as it
is safe to do so.
These safety tips and guidelines
are not all inclusive, but if understood and followed up with periodic
reminders and training when feasible, it can increase your chances of surviving
an active shooter incident.