Active Assailant

If an active assailant is reported or encountered: Run. Hide. Fight.

RUN – If the assailant’s location is known and the opportunity to escape is available, flee the area.

  • Have an escape plan in mind.
  • If you are outside near the threat, find cover immediately!
  • DO NOT pull the fire alarm to alert others.
  • Keep your hands empty and visible and follow all instructions from public safety officials.
  • Call 9-1-1 when you are safe.

HIDE – If you are inside a building and the assailant(s) location is unknown, secure in place and deny access.

  • Lock and barricade doors with heavy furniture.
  • Stay away from doors or windows.
  • Turn off lights and other light sources such as computer monitors.
  • Block windows.
  • Keep yourself out of sight (take cover/protection from bullets by using concrete walls or heavy furniture).
  • Silence your cell phone, computer, and other devices.
  • Without jeopardizing safety, call 9-1-1 (if you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen).
  • Do not open your door to anyone except public safety officials.

FIGHT – As a last resort and only if your life is in immediate danger, defend yourself.

  • Work as a group if possible.
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the assailant.
  • Commit to your actions and attempt to incapacitate the assailant.

UFPD – Active Assailant Safety Message


UF Police Department (UFPD)


UFPD Community Response Checklist – Active Shooter Incident


BEC Active Shooter Training

Version Date: February 2024