Active Shooter


An active shooter is a person or persons who appear to be actively engaged in killing or attempt to kill people, or injuring people, most often in populated areas. In most cases active shooters use firearm(s). In some cases, active shooters use improvised explosive devices to cause additional destruction. Active shooter situations evolve rapidly, demanding immediate response by local authorities.

All active shooter events are to be immediately reported to local authorities by calling 9-1-1 first; Facilities should be informed only after 9-1-1 has been contacted.

The following actions are recommended:

If you feel it is safe to leave the building/area:

  • Exit the building/area immediately.
  • As you move away from the threat, notify anyone you may encounter and inform them of the danger.
  • Call 911 and Facilities, and provide as much information as possible.

If exiting the building is not possible or you do not feel it is safe to leave the building/space:

  • Go to the nearest room or office, close and lock the door.
  • If the door does not lock, secure and barricade the door with as many obstacles as possible (desk, chairs, tables).
  • Close blinds/shades on windows, turn off the lights and get down on the floor to seek protective cover.
  • Keep quiet and set mobile phones to silent.
  • When safe, call 9-1-1 and inform the dispatcher of your location.
  • Stay in your safe area until local authorities arrive.

If you are not immediately impacted by the incident, please take the following action:

  • Stay away from the building/space.
  • Notify those around you to stay away from the impacted area.
  • Obey all directions given by local authorities and/or Facilities personnel.