Active Assailant

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

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.

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.
  • Block windows.
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors.
  • Keep yourself out of sight (take cover/protection from bullets by using concrete walls or heavy furniture).
  • Silence your cell phone.
  • Without jeopardizing safety, call or text 9-1-1 (if you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen).

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

  • Work as a group if possible
  • Improvise weapons
  • Commit to your actions

Active Assailant Safety Message – University of Florida Police Department

Source: University Police Department

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Version Date: June 2018