Active Shooter

This video describes what to do if you find yourself in an active shooting event, how to recognize signs of potential violence around you, and what to expect after an active shooting takes place. Remember during an active shooting to RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.

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Active Shooter

The information below is provided by official website of the Department of Homeland Security.

This page describes what to do if you find yourself in an active shooting event, how to recognize signs of potential violence around you, and what to expect after an active shooting takes place.  Remember during an active shooting to RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.

Be Informed

  • Sign up for an active shooter training.
  • If you see something, say something to an authority right away. Contact University Police at 701-231-8998
  • Sign up to receive local emergency alerts and register your work and personal contact information with any work sponsored alert system. 
  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
  • Have an exit plan by identifying exits, areas to hide, and possible evacuation routes. 

Make a Plan

  • Make a plan with your family, and ensure everyone knows what they would do, if confronted with an active shooter.
  • Look for the two nearest exits anywhere you go, and have an escape path in mind & identify places you could hide.
  • Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs.


RUN and escape, if possible.

  • Getting away from the assailant is the top priority.
  • Leave your belongings behind and get away.
  • Help others escape, if possible, but evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Warn and prevent individuals from entering an area where the assailant may be.
  • Call 911 when you are safe, and describe assailant, location, and weapons.


HIDE, if escape is not possible.

  • Cover and hide if you cannot escape.
  • Find a place out of view from the assailant
  • Put a solid barrier between yourself and the threat, if possible
  • Silence all electronic devices and make sure they won’t vibrate.
  • Lock and block doors, close blinds, and turn off lights.
  • Keep silent
  • Don’t hide in groups- spread out along walls or hide separately to make it more difficult for the assailant.
  • Stay in place until law enforcement gives you the all clear.
  • Your hiding place should be out of the assailant's view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.


FIGHT as an absolute last resort.

  • Attempt to disrupt the attack or disable the assailant
  • Commit to your actions and act as aggressively 
  • Recruit others to ambush the assailant with makeshift weapons such as chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors, books, etc.
  • Be prepared to cause severe or lethal injury to the assailant.
  • Throw items and improvise weapons to distract and disarm the assailant.


  • Remain calm and follow instructions.
  • Keep hands visible and empty.
  • Report to designated areas to provide information and get help.
  • Follow law enforcements instructions and evacuate in the directions they tell you to go. 
  • Listen to law enforcement for information about the situation and share updates as you can with family and friends. 
  • Take care of yourself first, and then you may be able to help the wounded before first responders arrive.
  • If the injured are in immediate danger, help get them to safety.
  • While you wait for first responder to arrive, provide first aid. Apply direct pressure to wounded areas and use tourniquets if you have been trained to do so.
  • Turn wounded people onto their sides if they are unconscious and keep them warm.
  • Consider seeking professional help for you and your family to cope with the long-term effects of the trauma.

Keep in mind:

  • Law enforcement’s first task is to end the incident, and they may have to pass injured along the way.
  • Officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns, and/or handguns and may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation.
  • Officers will shout commands and may push individuals to the ground for their safety.

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event

The following video contains gun violence & active shooter situations. 

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