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Office of Emergency Management Active Shooter

Active Shooter

Pre-planning for an active shooter will be your best chance for surviving an incident. Be aware of your escape routes, know how you will respond, and be prepared to take action to fight the intruder as a last resort.


WSU teaches a Run, Hide, Fight protocol in the event of an active shooter situation. Should you find yourself in
this situation, you alone must assess and determine which option will provide the greatest degree of security.
Alert, Assess, Act: If you become aware of an active shooter threat, assess your situation and choose the best

RUN: Evacuate If Possible
  • Assess your situation.
  • If you can, quickly evacuate from the building and call 9-1-1.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Help other Cougs escape if possible, but do not stay behind if others will not go.
  • Keep your hands visible to law enforcement.
HIDE: Hide silently in as safe a place as possible
  • If it is not safe to evacuate, hide in an area out of the intruder’s view.
  • Lock and barricade the door to prevent entry.
  • Turn off lights, close blinds, and silence cell phones and other electronics.
FIGHT: Take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter
  • As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger, you may choose to fight.
  • Take action to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression against the shooter.
  • Commit to your actions- your life depends on it.
When law enforcement arrives: 
  • Remain calm and follow instructions.
  • Keep your hands raised and visible at all times.
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling.
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers.
  • Remember, the first officers on scene will not help the injured on the way into the building. There will be rescue teams who follow to treat those who are injured.
Additional Resources: 

WSU Police present active shooter training regularly. For more information, click here.

FEMA and the Emergency Management Institute offer a free, online training about how individuals can respond to active shooter incidents.