Immediate Response to an Active Shooter

Words to remember: RUN, LOCK/HIDE, FIGHT

Make a decision, trusting your instincts, to take action to protect yourself to survive the situation. You generally will have three options:

  • RUN:   Can you safely escape?
  • LOCK/HIDE:   Is there a good place lock out or create a barrier and to hide?
  • FIGHT:   Will you defend yourself against the shooter?

(Immediate Vicinity) Be aware of your surroundings and immediately take action.

If outside:

  • RUN off campus in a zigzag pattern
  • Seek cover
  • Prevent others from entering the danger zone

If inside and cannot escape:

  • Get inside a room, secure the door (lock, barricade, wedge, straps, etc.) and HIDE
  • Cover windows and turn off lights
  • Stay on floor behind an interior barricade, offset from the door or HIDE the best that you can
  • Silence cell phones and pagers and remain quiet
  • Call 9-1-1 if you know the location, description or identity of the shooter(s). If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen
  • Remain calm and prepare for an evacuation
  • As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by throwing objects and using improvised weapons and FIGHT

Active Shooter, Violent Behavior or Threat

Active Shooter, Hostage, Terrorism


If you see a person acting suspiciously, someone violently threatening/injuring someone or a person with a weapon:

When in doubt, REPORT

  • Remain calm to avoid provoking disruptive individual(s)
  • Do not let anyone into a locked building/office
  • Keep away from the area and alert others to the danger
  • Call 911 or the UM Police at (406) 243-4000 or go to any exterior emergency blue phone
  • Provide as much information as possible about the person and his or her direction of travel
  • Maintain a safe distance from the suspect until emergency personnel arrive.  Do not attempt to subdue the individual; avoid direct eye contact
  • Follow instructions of emergency personnel
  • If told to seek safe shelter, get inside immediately and lock doors