Active Shooter Response
If a person enters or threatens to enter the building for the purpose of causing physical violence either to persons or property:
- DIAL 911 as soon as possible.
- Describe the person and situation to the dispatcher. Be as detailed as possible.
- If safe, stay on the phone with the 911 dispatcher as long as possible.
Several options may be available to you. You will need to decide which is best for your situation.
- Evacuate the area if safe to do so. DO NOT activate the fire alarm.
- If you cannot evacuate, barricade yourself in a room away from the intruder.
- Secure doors if possible.
- Attempt to barricade the door with furniture or other items, without endangering or injuring yourself.
- Turn the lights off and close any blinds or curtains.
- Seek concealment (out of sight) away from doors and windows.
- Only leave a safe position if it is no longer safe or if told to do so by police or emergency responders.
- Do not open the door unless you know it is the police or emergency repsonders. You can dial 911 to be sure.
- DO NOT leave your safe position to go and confront the intruder.
- If directly confronted by the intruder, quickly take action to get away safely. Consider the following:
- Scream, yell and swarm. Make a lot of noise.
- Keep moving. Don't become a stationary target.
- Use anything you can to distract the intruder. Consider throwing books, phones, chairs, or other objects at the intruder's head as a means to distract the intruder and help enable your escape. Don't give up; fight back.
- As soon as you have an opportunity, get away and DIAL 911.
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Last Updated: Mar. 18, 2015