Active Assailant / Shooter

How to respond in an active shooter situation:

  • If an active assailant or shooter is in a building on campus, exit the building immediately, if it is safe to do so, and hide.
  • Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately.  
  • Seek shelter in a safe location and await instructions from Public Safety officers or the police.  
  • Call 911, then the Office of Public Safety 410-337-6111, and provide the following information:  
    • Your name  
    • Location of incident  
    • Number of shooters  
    • Identification and description of shooter  
    • Number of persons with you  
    • Your location  

If exiting the building is not possible, or if a lockdown, or shelter in place, is announced, the following actions are recommended: 

  1. Go to the nearest room or office.  
  2. If safe, allow others to seek refuge with you.  
  3. Close and lock the door. If the door has no lock, barricade it with items available, such as desks, chairs, bookshelves, etc.  
  4. Cover the door windows, pull the shades down and turn off the lights.  
  5. Stay quiet and silence cell phones.  
  6. Call 911 then the Office of Public Safety ext. 6111 or 410-337-6111 from a cell phone that has been silenced.  
  7. Wait for police officers or campus safety officers to assist you out of the building.  

If the shooting is outside: 

  1. Move inside a building, if possible, and follow the recommendations above.  
  2. If you cannot go inside, try to hide behind something solid.  
  3. Run away from the sounds of shooting, if you can do so without increasing your risk.  
  4. Notify the police by calling 911 (see above).  

Police Response Police are trained to respond to an active shooting incident by entering the building as soon as possible and proceeding to the area of the shooter(s). Officer will move quickly and directly. Early in an incident, officers may not be able to rescue people, because their main goal is to get to the shooter(s). Involved persons need to remain calm and patient during this time, so as not to interfere with police operations. Cooperate with officers who may ask you for information concerning the incident.  Normally, a rescue team is formed shortly after the first responding officers enter the building. They will be the officers who will search for injured parties and get everyone safely out of the building. Follow all directions of officers at the scene or responding to the scene.

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