Dayton Campus Emergency Action Plan

Active Shooter/Person with Gun

Police are trained in responding to an active shooting incident by entering the building as soon as possible and proceeding to the area of the shooter.

Note: Police may not be able to immediately aid people. Their main goal is to get to the shooter.

Remain calm and be patient.

Let the police do their job.

Adopt a survival mindset: Mentally and emotionally prepare to confront a life threatening risk.

Figure out

  • What is going on?
  • Where is it happening?
  • What are my paths of escape (main entrance, back door, window, fire escape)?
  • Can I get to an exit without confronting the shooter?
  • Is it better to hide out?
  • What are you options if confronted by the shooter?

Get out

  • Move quickly to exit the building.
  • Break a window out if necessary.
  • Don't wait for others to validate your decision.
  • Leave your belongings behind.

Call out

  • Call 911. Provide the following information:
    • Your name and location
    • Location of the incident
    • Number of shooters
    • Description and identity of shooter(s)

If you cannot exit the building

Hide out and Keep out

  • Go to the nearest room or office.
  • Close, lock and barricade the door.
  • Silence your phone.
  • Turn the lights out. Cover windows if possible.
  • Hide behind furniture or equipment.

Spread out

  • Spread out in the room.
  • Keep quiet. Act as if no one is in the room.
  • DO NOT answer the door.
  • Call 911 if you cannot be heard by the shooter.

Take out

  • If you are in a group, make a plan to overcome the shooter.
  • Confront the shooter if there is no other option.
  • Do whatever it takes to neutralize the threat.
  • Disrupt the actions of or incapacitate the shooter.
  • Throw things (like books, office supplies), yell, use improvised weapons (fire extinguisher, chair, pen, keys)

Keep a survival mindset - I will survive!

Ultimately, the choice is yours. The only wrong action is no action.

These incidents are unpredictable and may change rapidly. Follow police instructions immediately.