Active Shooter Response

Report an Incident Sexual Assault RAVE Emergency Notification LiveSafe App COVID-19 Reporting

How to Respond to An Active Shooter

Call 9-1-1 if You Can; Text If You Can’t


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • 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.
Fight (Defend)

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

How to Respond When Law Enforcement Arrives on the Scene

  • Remain calm and follow the officer’s instructions
  • Immediately raise your hands and spread your fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid pointing, screaming, and/or yelling


  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers, such as attempting to hold onto them for safety
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises

Information to Provide Law Enforcement or 9-1-1

  • Location of the victim(s) and the active shooter(s)
  • Number of shooters, if more than one
  • Physical descriptions of the shooter(s)
  • Number and type of weapons held by the shooter(s


  • Number of potential victims at the location

Recognizing Signs of Potential Workplace Violence

An active shooter may be a current or former employee. Alert security department if you believe an employee exhibits potentially-violent behavior. Indicators of potentially-violent behavior may include one or more of the following:

  • Increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs
  • Unexplained increase in absenteeism and/or vague physical complaints
  • Depression/ Withdrawal
  • Increased severe mood swings and noticeably unstable or emotional responses


  • Increasing talks of problems at home
  • Increase in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms, and other dangerous weapons and violent crimes

Campus Security Main
(956) 295 – 3700


(956) 295 – 3755

[email protected]