An active shooter is a person who appears to be actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area; in most cases active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. These situations are dynamic and evolve rapidly, demanding immediate deployment of law enforcement resources to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to innocent victims. This document provides guidance to faculty, staff, and students who may be caught in an active shooter situation, and describes what to expect from responding police officers. Guidance to faculty, staff, and students If you find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan. The plan doesn't have to be complicated. There are three things you can do that make a difference:
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- If you can get out, do so
- Always try to escape or evacuate, don't let others slow you down with indecision
- Getting yourself out of harms way is your #1 priority
- Once you're out of the line of fire, call for help
o Use 911 (Dialing 911 from a campus phone will connect with UMPD.)
o Dialing 911 from a cell phone will connect you with Prince George's County Communications. Be
sure to give the call taker your exact location.
o Use (301) 405-3333 to contact UMPD (Emergency Line)
If you can't get out safely, you need to find a place to hide
- Act quickly and quietly
- Try to secure your hiding place as best you can
- Turn out lights and lock doors
- Silence your cell phone
- If you can't find a safe room or closet, try to conceal yourself behind large objects that may protect you.
- Do your best to remain calm
As a last resort, if your life is at risk, whether alone or working together as a group, FIGHT!
- Act with aggression
- Improvise weapons
- Disarm the shooter
- Commit to taking the shooter down, no matter what.
Remember ... RUN, HIDE, FIGHT