Active Shooter/Active Threat

If you receive a NY-Alert message or suspect a potential active shooter situation is occurring, you must quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember: Run, Hide, Fight.

If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises.

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave belongings behind
  • Help others if possible, but run regardless if others will follow
  • Warn others not to enter active shooter area
  • Leave wounded behind
  • Keep your hands visible
  • Follow instructions of police if on scene.
  • Call 911 when it's safe to do so

If you can't run and an evacuation is not possible, you should find a place to hide and lock down. Use cover and concealment to your advantage.

  • Be out of view (Concealment)
  • Provide protection from gun shots (Cover)
  • Try not to restrict options for movement
  • Lock the door
  • Barricade the door (Cover)
  • Move away and stay away from windows (Concealment)
  • Silence your cell phone and other electronic devices (Concealment)
  • Stay quiet and keep calm

As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, you should attempt to incapacitate the shooter by acting with physical aggression and throwing items at the active shooter.

  • Act as aggressive as possible
  • Use improvised weapons
  • Yell
  • Commit to actions
  • Do not stop until the threat is over



Cover is anything that creates a protective barrier between you and the active shooter. Cover is typically best found using large, solid, dense material that will mitigate bullets or shrapnel. Examples of cover may be a cinder block wall, thick furniture, or a large tree. Cover protects you.


Concealment is anything that creates a visual barrier between you and the active shooter. Concealment is typically best found using anything that will provide the most material to hide with. Examples of concealment may be a curtain, thin furniture, or a bush/shrubbery. Concealment hides you.