AU Public Safety & Security/Emergency Management
(334) 844-8888
(334) 750-9795 (24/7)


City of Auburn Police Division (non-emergency)
(334) 501-3100

Threat Assessment Team
(334) 844-5010

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

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