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How to Respond When an Active Shooter Is in Your Vicinity

  1. Evacuate (run)
    • Have an escape route and plan in mind
    • Leave your belongings behind
    • Keep your hands visible
  2. Hide Out
    • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
    • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
    • Silence your cell phone and/or pager
  3. Take Action
    • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
    • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
    • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter

CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.


How to Respond When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm and follow instructions
  • Put down any items in your hands (i.e.; bags, jackets)
  • Raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid quick movements towards officers such as holding on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating

Information You Should Provide Law Enforcement or 911 Operator

  • Location of active shooter
  • Number of shooters
  • Physical description of shooters
  • Number and type of weapons held by shooters
  • Number of potential victims at the location

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT SHOULD I DO IN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION?

  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
  • Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit
  • If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door
  • Attempt to take the active shooter down as a last resort

WHAT IS AN ACTIVE SHOOTER?

  • An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?

  • Victims are selected at random
  • The event is unpredictable and evolves quickly
  • Law enforcement is usually required to end an active shooter situation

CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

BMCC Public Safety

199 Chambers St, Lobby
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212 220-8000 Ext. 7080
Email: safety@bmcc.cuny.edu

For all emergencies call Ext. 8080