If an active assailant incident occurs, the following actions are recommended:

  • If you can safety evacuate the building/area do so and help others if possible. 
  • If you cannot safely evacuate, go to the nearest room with a locking door (do not stay in an open hallway).
  • Close and lock the door, silence cell phones, turn off the lights, and cover the windows. 
  • Barricade yourself in the room with furniture or anything you can push against the door and seek protective cover.
  • Do not answer or open the door for anyone - secure in place.
  • Notify 911 if it is safe to do so and be prepared to provide the dispatcher with the essential information. Some questions the dispatcher will ask:
  1. Location of the incident
  2. What type of weapon was involved (gun, knife, other)
  3. When was the last time you heard shots fired?
  4. How many suspects are there?
  5. Where is the suspect now? If they left how did they leave? What direction?
  6. Identification or description of shooter(s)
  7. Best way to access you, how many people are with you, if there are any hostages, if there are any injuries? 
  8. You may be asked to remain on the line with dispatch while they coordinate the response.

If you think you can safely make it out of the building, then do so. Notify anyone else you may encounter to exit the building immediately, but do not sound the fire alarm. This may place everyone in potential harm as they try to exit the building. Wait for the police or emergency personnel to assist you out of the building. Obey all commands from the police for safety reasons and wait for further instructions.

If you are found and unable to get away, be aggressive and prepared to fight for your life by using any items you can as weapons. Throw objects, yell, and continue to defend yourself. 

More information for Active Assailant can be found on University Police and Safety Office website

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