Active Shooter

Active shooter events are unpredictable, motives are different, and warning signs may vary, but there are three things you can do to increase chances of safety and survival: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.

It is best to run away to escape the threat, but it is important to understand this guidance is not sequential. You may need to employ these strategies in different ways as the event evolves.


If a safe path is available, always try to escape or evacuate, even if others insist on staying. Do not linger to gather belongings. Encourage others to leave with you, but do not let their indecision slow down your own escape. Once out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from unknowingly walking into the danger zone and call Emory Police at 404.727.6111 or 911 when it is safe to do so.


If you can't escape, try to hide outside the shooter’s view. If you can't find a safe room or closet, hide behind large objects that offer protection. Seek a hiding place that doesn’t restrict your options to move. Try to remain quiet and calm. When hiding, turn out lights, lock doors, and silence the ringer and vibration mode on cell phones. If a door doesn't lock, attempt to block it with furniture or other large objects.


As a last resort, if your life is at risk, working together or alone, act with aggression. Use improvised weapons—for example, a fire extinguisher or chair. Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter.

When calling the police, please report the following:
  • Your location
  • Number of shooters
  • Descriptions of shooter(s)
  • Type of weapons (rifle or pistol)
  • Location of shooter(s)
  • Direction of movement of shooter(s)

When law enforcement arrives:

  • Remain calm and follow officer instructions.
  • Immediately raise your hands and spread your fingers.
  • Keep hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid quick movements, pointing, or screaming.
  • Know the officers’ first priority is to stop the threat, not to provide care for the injured.
  • Help for the injured will be provided by rescue teams