Active Shooter

During an active shooter incident, there are three actions you can do to protect yourself and others:


First and foremost, if you can get out, do so.

  • If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate.
  • Evacuate whether others agree to or not.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Help others escape if possible.
  • Prevent others from entering the area.
  • Call UNCSA Police at 336-770-3362 from your cellphone or 55 from an on-campus phone or 9-1-1 when you are safe.


If you can’t get out safely, you need to find a place to hide. Act quickly and quietly. Try to secure your hiding place the best you can.

  • Lock and/or blockade the door.
  • Silence your cell phone/pager.
  • Hide behind large objects.
  • Remain very quiet.
  • Do not huddle in groups.

Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the shooter’s view.
  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.
  • Not trap or restrict your options for movement.


As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger...whether you’re alone or working together as a group, fight.

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression.
  • Improvise weapons.
  • Commit to your actions.

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm and follow instructions.
  • Put down any items in your hands (i.e. bags, jacket).
  • Keep your hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid pointing or yelling.
  • Avoid quick movement toward officers such as holding on them for safety.
  • Know that help for the injured is on its way.

Remember: The first responders on the scene are not there to evacuate or tend to the injured. They are well-trained, and are there to stop the shooter.

Information you should provide to Law Enforcement and Communications Officer:

  • Location of the shooter(s).
  • Number of shooter(s).
  • Physical description of shooter(s).
  • Number and type of weapons held by shooter(s).
  • Number of potential victims at the location. 

Active Shooter Training Video

Run Hide Fight