How to Respond to An Active Shooter Situation

An active shooter (person or persons causing great harm to as many people as possible by any means) is a frightening experience causing panic and disorientation throughout the event. Knowing what to do in advance increases your chances of survival and minimizes the horrific and all too often deadly outcome of an active shooter event!

In concert with our community outreach efforts and active shooter presentations, the University of Minnesota Police Department wants to ensure the University community has the tools to overcome an active shooter.

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event - English

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

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  • Have an escape route and plan in mind

  • Leave your belongings behind

  • Keep your hands visible

  • Run to a place of refuge, well beyond the norm

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  • If running is not possible, hide

  • Lock and barricade doors; shut off lights

  • Remain silent, yet vigilant

  • Avoid huddling together

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  • Fighting is a last resort, use only when your life is in imminent danger

  • Use improvised weapons, i.e. chair, fire extinguisher

  • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter

  • There is strength in numbers; work together against the active shooter