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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:

  • Your name, location and telephone number from which you are calling
  • Description of the event and/or suspect(s), noting physical characteristics including:
    • Hair color
    • Height, weight, and build
    • Race and gender
    • Facial hair
    • Tattoos, piercings, or scars
    • Color of clothes
    • Shoes or hat
  • Vehicle description with license plate number
  • Last known location of suspect(s) and direction of travel
  • Number and type of weapons observed
  • Number of shots fired and whether suspect is carrying ammunition
     

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.
     

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.

 

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.