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RUN - Get out of the area, if possible. Notify those you pass along the way.

HIDE - If you cannot escape, lock or barricade yourself in a room. Turn off the lights, silence any devices and remain quiet.

FIGHT - As a last resort, take down the shooter. Act aggressively and use anything that could be used as a weapon.

REPORT - Call the emergency number.

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Respond Immediately. It is not uncommon for people confronted with a threat to first deny the possible danger rather than respond.

Overcome denial respond immediately by yelling “Gun - Run!” Those closest to the public-address or other communications system, or otherwise able to alert others, should communicate the danger and necessary action if in a safe location. Every college phone is equipped with a panic button.

Upon recognizing the danger and as soon as it is safe to do so, staff or others must alert responders by contacting campus police with as clear and accurate information as possible.


If it is safe to do so, the first course of action that should be taken is to run out of the building and move far away until you are in a safe location. When running:

  • Leave personal belongings behind;
  • Visualize possible escape routes, including physically accessible routes for students and staff with disabilities and others with access and functional needs;
  • Avoid escalators and elevators;
  • Take others with you but do not to stay behind because others will not go;
  • Call 911 when safe to do so.

Do not return to campus unless told to do so. A STLCC Alert will be sent with an off-campus location for you to call/contact college staff to account that you made it out safely.


If running is not a safe option, hide (barricade) in as safe a place as possible and look for a way to run. Hide in a location where the walls might be thicker and have fewer windows. In addition:

  • Lock the doors;
  • Barricade the doors with heavy furniture;
  • Close and lock windows, and close blinds or cover windows;
  • Turn off lights;
  • Silence all electronic devices;
  • Remain silent;
  • Use strategies to silently communicate with first responders if possible, (e.g., in rooms with exterior windows make signs to silently signal law enforcement and emergency responders to indicate the status of the room’s occupants);
  • Hide along the wall closest to the exit but out of view from the hallway (allowing for an ambush of the shooter and for possible escape if the shooter enters the room).


If neither running nor hiding is a safe option, as a last resort when confronted by the shooter, adults in immediate danger should prepare to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter by using aggressive force and items in their environment, such as fire extinguishers, chairs, etc while looking for a way to run.

Additional Resources


Active Shooter Response. Learn how to survive a shooting event. Run, Hide, Fight. Call 911 only when its safe to do so. Run, have an escape plan, evacuate, leave your belongings, help others if possible, do not move wounded people. Hide, be out from shooter's view, lock doors and block them with furniture, keep your options for movement, silience phone, be quiet. Fight, act aggressively, incapacitate the active shooter, throw objects, yell and call for help, fight only as a last resort, be prepared. Call 911 when you are safe, give information to the operator. When law enforcement arrives, follow the instructions of police officers, drop any object, keep hands visible. Active shooter safety guidelines.

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