If you witness an active shooter on campus (or any person with a weapon) contact ACC Police Dispatch as soon as possible. Dial 222 on a campus phone or 512-223-7999 on any phone. Put 512-223-7999 in your contacts.
Information to provide to the dispatcher or law enforcement official:
- Location of the active shooter or armed individual
- Number of shooters or suspects
- Physical description of suspect(s)
- Number and type of weapons in their possession
- Number of potential victims at the location
If a violent attack is threatening the ACC community, ACC PD will implement their response procedure with other law enforcement agencies as needed. Their response is designed to maximize your safety. Information will be provided to you using some or all of the emergency communication systems.
Your response depends on the situation. The videos and procedures below provide strategies to survive an active shooter event. It is important to recognize that RUN, HIDE, FIGHT is not a sequence. Choose your actions based on the circumstances.
RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event
Video produced by the Department of Homeland Security and the City of Houston
Surviving an Active Shooter Incident
Video produced by the Campus Alberta Risk and Assurance Committee
Here are some things you can do...
- RUN. If it is possible to flee the area safely and avoid danger, do so. If the armed subject is outside the building, move to a core area of the building, away from outside doors and windows. If time permits, contact ACC Police Dispatch. Dial 222 on a campus phone or 512-223-7999.
- HIDE. Hide behind a large heavy object or lock and barricade doors, turn off lights, get on the floor and out of the line of fire/create make-shift barricades for those who cannot get on the floor. Remain quiet and hidden. Silence your cell phone including the vibration setting.
- Prepare to FIGHT. Authorities recommend spreading out in the room and quietly committing to a plan of action should the armed subject or active shooter enter your space. Improvise weapons, create distractions. You are not helpless. What you do matters.
- Remain in place until an official "ALL CLEAR" instruction is given. It will be sent via all available emergency communication systems.
When Law Enforcement Arrives
Law enforcement's goal is to locate, contain and stop the active shooter as soon as possible.
- Officers, usually in teams of 4, will proceed directly to the area in which the last shots were heard.
- Officers may wear regular patrol uniforms or external bulletproof vests, helmets and other tactical equipment
- Officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns and handguns
- Officers may use pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation
- Officers may shout commands and push individuals to the ground for their safety
React properly when law enforcement arrives.
- Remain calm, and follow officers' instructions
- Put down any items in your hands (e.g., bags, jackets)
- Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
- Keep hands visible at all times
- Avoid making quick movements toward officers, such as attempting to hold on to them for safety
- Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
- Do not ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises
The first officers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Expect rescue teams comprised of additional officers and emergency medical personnel to follow. These rescue teams will treat and remove any injured persons. They may also call upon individuals to assist in removing the wounded from the premises. When you have reached a safe location or an assembly point, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Do not leave the safe location or assembly point until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.
- If the fire alarm is activated, do not evacuate unless you detect smoke or fire or you are instructed to evacuate via ACC Emergency Alert.
- There may be more than one active shooter.
- You may be under lockdown for a long time. Try to conserve the battery life of your phone and minimize using it so that emergency responders have a strong signal for their communications.
- Be careful not to make changes to the crime scene since law enforcement authorities will investigate the area later.
- You may be held for questioning by law enforcement authorities. You are required to comply.