Active Shooter Response

Since the tragic events at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT, many people have asked what they should do if caught in an “active shooter” incident on campus.  This kind of situation is always unpredictable and is usually over within 10 minutes, sometimes before law enforcement can even respond. 

But there are things you can do to protect yourself when an active shooter is in your vicinity: REACT WITH PURPOSE.

FIGURE OUT
GET OUT
HIDE OUT
TAKE OUT
CALL OUT

 

FIGURE OUT

  • Trust your intuition or gut – if it sounds like a gunshot or something does not look or sound right, assume what you see or hear is true until proven otherwise and get out or hide out.  Call Public Safety at x7777 or 609-896-7777 when it is safe to do so.
  • Report suspicious persons or activity to Public Safety immediately at x7777 or 609-896-7777.

GET OUT

  • If it is possible to do so safely, exit the building away from the immediate path of danger.  Run to another building and remain there until law enforcement or emergency responders arrive.
  • If outside, seek shelter in the nearest building and remain there, away from the immediate path of danger, or take protective cover.
  • Leave your belongings behind and help others where you can.
  • Call 911 or Public Safety at x7777 or 609-896-7777 when it is safe to do so.
  • When law enforcement arrives, be quiet and follow instructions.  Put down any items in your hands, raise your hands and spread fingers.  Avoid quick movements, pointing, screaming or yelling.

 
HIDE OUT

  • If it is not possible to evacuate, then stay in place and hide, out of sight of the shooter.
  • Close and lock/barricade the door. 
  • Turn off lights and silence cell phone and other noise-making machines/devices.
  • Keep quiet and out of sight.  Spread out in room.
  • Call 911 or Public Safety at x7777 or 609-896-7777 when it is safe to do so.
  • Follow instructions, if given, via RiderAlert or classroom phone/PA system.
  • Quietly figure out what you would do as a group should the shooter appear in your room.
  • Remain in place until law enforcement or emergency responders arrive.
  • When law enforcement arrives, be quiet and follow instructions.  Put down any items in your hands, raise your hands and spread fingers.  Avoid quick movements, pointing, screaming or yelling.+

TAKE OUT

  • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger, work as a team to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act as a team with physical aggression, total commitment and absolute resolve.
  • Throw things and yell at the shooter.  Ambush the shooter as a group.

CALL OUT

  • Call 911 or Public Safety at x7777 or 609-896-7777 when it is safe to do so and report the following:

    Your name
    Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
    Number of shooters
    Physical description (or identity) or shooter
    Number and types of weapons
    Number of injuries or victims
  • Report suspicious individuals or activity to Public Safety immediately at x7777 or 609-896-7777.

 

For further information or if you would like to schedule active shooter training for your office, department, college, or organization, contact Vickie Weaver, Director of Public Safety, at x5049 (609-896-5049).