Chances are you'll never face an active shooter situation.
However if you do, you need to be prepared.


An active shooter situation can cause disbelief, panic and disorientation. Knowing what to do in advance, increases your chances of surviving. Your reaction matters.

These three words — RUN, HIDE, FIGHT — may save your life or the lives of others.

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INFORMATION TO PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT OR 911 OPERATORS

  • Location of the active threat
  • Description of shooter(s)
  • Number and type of weapons and/or suspicious packages
  • Location of victims and hazards (fire or explosions)

WHAT TO DO WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVE

  • Follow all instructions from officers
  • Keep your hands visible at all times
  • Tell officers where the shooter is, if you know

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM RESPONDING POLICE OFFICERS

Police officers responding to an active shooter are trained to proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard in order to stop the shooting as quickly as possible and create a safe environment for medical assistance to be brought in to aid the injured.

The responding officers may be in teams dressed in normal patrol uniforms, or they may be wearing external ballistic vests and other tactical gear. Expect to see different uniforms and/or officers in civilian clothes because officers will be deployed from different departments.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OBJECTIVES

  1. End the threat
  2. Render medical aid
  3. Evacuate people safely
  4. Investigate

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How you respond to an active shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter.

Remember your options: RUN, HIDE or FIGHT.

React quickly, try to remain calm and call 911 as soon as it's safe to do so.

Also, stay informed by signing up for UM Emergency Alerts.


CONTACT US AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Please contact the Community Outreach Unit if you have additional questions or would like an officer to speak to your department, class or group.

dpss.community.outreach@umich.edu or 734-763-1131


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness website aims to enhance preparedness by providing products, tools and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident.