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What to do if shots are fired

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An “active shooter” is an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. When an Active Shooter is in your vicinity, you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation. Your three options are RUN, HIDE or FIGHT.




  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
  • Help others escape, if possible
  • Do not attempt to move the wounded
  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be
  • Keep your hands visible
  • Call 911 when you are safe


  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
  • Lock door or block entry to your hiding place
  • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet


  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter
  • Commit to your actions . . . your life depends on it  

Listen to the radio ( WWCU-FM), check for text messages, or monitor WCU Alerts.
If you are outside, take cover until it is safe to enter a facility.
During an emergency, access to certain areas of campus may be restricted. 
Do not intentionally go to a part of campus where an emergency is occurring. 
Be aware that some roads may be closed. Wait until you are notified that it is clear to enter the affected area.
Unless you are calling for help, do not use your cellular telephone. 
Responding public safety officials may need to use the cellular telephone for emergency communications. 
Too many callers can overwhelm the cellular telephone tower and prevent emergency communications.

DHS Active Shooter Pocket Card


 DHS Summary

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