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Your actions should be determined by the circumstances and where you are in relation
to the shooter. Stay alert to your surroundings and decide whether to run, hide or
If there is an escape path attempt to evacuate.
Evacuate whether others agree to or not.
Leave your valuables behind.
Help others to escape if you can do so safely.
Attempt to keep others from entering the area.
Call 911 when you are safe.
If running is not an option, hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.
Block entry to your hiding place. Lock or jam the door, pile up furniture, do anything
to discourage entry.
Silence all mobile devices.
As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to incapacitate
Act with physical aggression. In this situation, your best defense is to surprise
your attacker by going on the offensive.
Throw items at the shooter, try to knock the weapon away, physically assault the assailant
– do whatever it takes to survive.
As soon as it is safe to do so, call for help. Stay calm and provide the following
Location of the shooter;
Number of shooters;
Physical description of shooters;
Number and the type of weapons being used;
Number of potential victims at the location.
Department of Homeland Security
Crisis on Campus: Shots Fired