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.