Gunfire/Active Shooter

If you see someone with a firearm or hear gun shots, secure your own safety and immediately remove yourself from the area, if possible. Call 911.  View Run. Hide. Fight. - Surviving an Active Shooter Event.

Reporting Gunfire/Active Shooter
If You Are Inside With a Suspect and Can't Escape
If A Suspect is Outside and You Are Inside
If You and A Suspect are Outside

Reporting Gunfire/Active Shooter

Remain calm and provide:

  1. Your name, location and telephone number from which you are calling

  2.  Description of the event and/or suspect(s), noting physical characteristics including:

    • hair color

    • height, weight & build

    • race & gender

    • facial hair

    • tattoos, piercings or scars

    • color of clothes

    • shoes or hat


     

  3. Vehicle description with license plate number

  4. Last known location of suspect(s) and direction of travel

  5. Number and type of weapons observed

  6. Number of shots fired and whether suspect is carrying ammunition
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If You Are Inside With a Suspect and Can't Escape

  • Shelter with others in the area, then lock or barricade the door with furniture, filing cabinets, etc.

  • Turn off lights, computer monitors and radios.

  • Silence cell phones.

  • Hide: take cover under a desk, large piece of furniture or behind a solid masonry wall. Avoid windows.

  • Be very quiet, listen and play dead if there are multiple victims.

  • Call 911 if able.

  • Be aware of NY-ALERT text messages for information.

  • Do not open the door for anyone.

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If A Suspect is Outside and You Are Inside

  • Shelter with others in area. Take immediate cover in a building in a locked room.
  • Call 911 if able.
  • Attempt to rescue people ONLY if it can be accomplished without further endangering yourself or the persons inside a secured area.
  • Be aware of NY-ALERT text messages for information.

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If You and A Suspect are Outside

  • Take immediate cover behind a tree, building or wall, or automobile (near the engine for protection).

  • If possible, try to safely enter a building and take cover inside.

  • Call 911 if able. 

  • Be aware of NY-ALERT text messages for information.

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