Active Shooter/Armed Individual

What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT

When an active shooter is in your vicinity, quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Students, employees and visitors are likely to follow the directions of instructors, supervisors and administrators during an active shooter situation. Download a poster with steps to follow in case of an armed individual.  

Run Hide Fight Poster


Employees and Students: Watch the video in EDGE Learning


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind (take keys and phones only if it doesn’t delay your escape)
  • Keep your hands visible


  • Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors if possible


  • As a last resort and only when your life is in danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the shooter

Call 911 when it is safe to do so

How to Respond When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm and follow instructions from officers
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers when instructed by officers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to go to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
  • Don’t stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating; proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the building/area of toward the location designated by officers

Information You Should Provide to Law Enforcement and 911

  • Location of the active shooter/s
  • Number of shooters
  • Physical description of the shooter/s
  • Number and type of weapons possessed by the shooter/s
  • Number of potential victims and their locations at the incident scene