How to Respond in an Active Shooter Situation

If you are notified of an active shooter presence via the LLS Alert system or PA system, or you hear gunshots and the active shooter is NOT in your immediate presence…

If you were inside a classroom, office or other confined space, the protocol is to:

  • Turn off lights.
  • Eliminate all noise and remain quiet. This includes silencing cell phones.
  • Create obstacles that may block entry into the room. Be aware that some offices and classrooms have more than one entrance.
  • Close blinds or curtains, and move away from doors and windows.
  • Crouch down and spread out.
  • DO NOT open the door for anyone until so directed by a police officer or an LLS Security officer or you receive a message from LLS Alert or the campus PA system.
  • DO NOT respond to any voice commands until you can verify that they are being issued by a police officer or an LLS Security officer. Ask for identification.
  • When safe to do so, call 911 and contact LLS Security via phone (or a campus emergency call box). If it becomes unsafe to talk, leave the line open so the dispatcher can listen.

If you were outdoors:

  • Find a secure location.
  • If you are unable to find a secure location, conceal/shield yourself.
  • Crouch down and spread out.

If the active shooter were in your immediate presence:

  • Remain calm and shift to a survival mentality.
  • Evacuate/run away from the shooter.
  • Conceal/shield yourself, crouch down and spread out, and remain quiet.
  • As a last resort, incapacitate the shooter. Remember: “Run. Hide. Fight.”