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Are you prepared in the event of an active shooter?

Would you know what to do in the event of an active shooter on campus? Read these safety tips so that you will be prepared. You can also watch this Active Shooter Prevention Training Video.


If you see an accessible escape path you should attempt to evacuate the premises as soon as possible.

Be sure to:

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind. Leave your belongings behind. 
  • Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Keep your hands visible at all times and follow the instructions of any emergency response personnel.
  • Do not attempt to move wounded people.
  • Call 911 when you are safe.


If evacuation is not possible, you need to find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the active shooter’s view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction. Try to stay in a secure area such as an office with the door shut and locked.
  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement.

To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:

  • Block the entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
  • Use anything that is available to secure or block the door, such as desks or chairs to create a barrier.
  • Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location.
  • If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen.
  • Remain calm.


If there are no other options available, fighting the shooter should be used as a last resort. You should not attempt this unless your life is in imminent danger.

  • You should attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression and determination.
  • Be prepared to throw items at the active shooter and use improvised weapons.
  • Most importantly, commit to your actions!
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