Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that other employees and visitors are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation.
If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to
- Have an escape route and plan in mind.
- Do not activate the fire alarm.
- Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
- Leave your belongings behind.
- Help others escape, if possible.
- Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
- Keep your hands visible.
- Follow the instructions of any police officers.
- Do not attempt to move wounded people.
- Call 911 when you are safe.
- Call building security (if off-campus), if time allows.
If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
- Lock and barricade doors, openings, and windows; pull down shades immediately.
- Blockade the door with heavy furniture.
- Stay calm.
- Turn off all lights and equipment that would signal that the room is occupied (e.g., silence cell phones).
- Call 911 if it is safe to do so.
- Hide behind something that will provide protection if shots are fired (e.g., desk, table).
- Be quiet; do not move around.
- Immediately lie on the floor, if you hear a gunshot or an explosion.
- Remain in the secured area until notified to evacuate, unless there is a greater risk to your safety by remaining in your current location.
For more information, go to Active Shooter: How To Respond (PDF) or contact your building’s Occupant Emergency Coordinator. Contact NIAIDEmergencyCoordinator to find out who your Occupant Emergency Coordinator is.