How to React to Gunfire or 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.  

Reporting Gunfire or 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

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. was produced  by Ready Houston.

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.