Citizen Guidelines for Active Shooter Incidents

Community Response Guidelines

*Active Shooter Incident*

The following guidelines are intended to reduce your personal risk in the unlikely event that an Active Shooter Incident should occur on campus.

If you are outside a building when an event occurs, you should take immediate cover, preferably inside a building, circumstances permitting:


If you are in a building when an event occurs, you should:

If possible without compromising your safety, leave the building and call 911.

If the location of an Active Shooter does not permit you to leave, secure immediate area:

  • Lock and barricade doors
  • Do not stand by doors or windows
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds
  • Block windows
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection (i.e. concrete walls, filing cabinets‐cover may protect you from bullets)
  • Silence cell phones

Un‐Securing an area:

  • Consider risks before un‐securing rooms
  • Remember, the shooter will not stop until they are engaged by an outside force
  • Attempts to rescue people should only be attempted if it can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area.
  • Consider the safety of masses‐vs‐the safety of a few
  • If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area should remain secured
  • Know all alternate exits in your building

Contacting Authorities:

  • Call 911
  • Program the alternate Public Safety number (810‐667‐0292) into your cell phone

Even if phone lines are overwhelmed and your call does not go through, recall.

What to Report:

  • Your specific location – building name and office/room number
  • Number of people at your specific location
  • Injuries‐number injured, types of injuries
  • Assailant(s) location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons (long gun or handgun), backpack, shooters identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc

Police Response:

Comply with police officer instructions

  • Objective is to engage assailant(s) immediately
  • Evacuate victims/Medical care
  • Facilitate follow up
  • Interviews
  • Investigation
  • Counseling
Information from Rutgers Division of Public Safety