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Active Shooter Information

"Shots fired" is the last thing you'd expect to hear on campus. While the possibility of being involved in an active shooter incident on campus may be remote, the consequences can be catastrophic. That's why it makes good sense to spend some time now thinking and preparing by looking through the information below.  

Having a Survival Mindset: Studies of workplace and school shootings have shown that many of these incidences are often over in a very short period of time (from ten to fifteen minutes). You and your colleagues could be the first line of defense in dealing with these particular issues. A study conducted in 2003 by the Illinois State Police Academy on active shooter incidents revealed that, "immediate action taken by personnel who are on-site when the shooting starts is the most effective way to stop the killing."

If you hear GUNFIRE or someone has a gun and is intent on doing harm:

  • If near an exterior exit, try to leave the building.
  • If in an open area, seek refuge immediately.
  • Choose an area that can be locked or secured from the inside if possible.
  • Select a room without windows.
  • Hide behind a desk, under a table, or in a closet or bathroom.
  • Turn off office lights. Get behind heavy furniture. Remain still and quiet until you have been advised by emergency personnel that the situation is under control.
  • Call 911 and report your location and the situation.
  • Be prepared to take the action necessary to save your own life.

Training Videos (please sign in with your link blue account to view the videos)

Please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness at for further information and links to other resources.