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How to Respond to an Active Shooter Situation

Finding yourself in an active shooter situation can cause extreme panic and disorientation. But if you know
what to do ahead of time, your chances of surviving this type of emergency situation are greatly increased.


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  • Have an escape route and plan in mind. Help others escape if possible.

  • Leave your belongings behind.

  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Lock and barricade doors.

  • Do not huddle together as it makes one easy target.

  • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet.
  • Fighting is a last resort to be used only when your life is in imminent danger.

  • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter.

  • Find an object to use as a weapon. Act with as much physical aggression as possible


 Information you Should Provide to the 9-1-1 Operator
  • Clarify if you are on Western Kentucky University Campus
  • Location of the active shooter
  • Number of shooters, if more than one
  • Physical description of shooter(s)
  • Number and type of weapons held by the shooter(s)
  • Number of potential victims at the location


 How to React When Law Enforcement Arrives
  • Remain calm, and follow officers instructions
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety                                        
  • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction   
    from which officers are entering the premises
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 Last Modified 10/9/18