Active Violence

What should I do?

If you ever find yourself in an active violence situation, remember "Run, Hide, Fight!"

Run! Get away from the threat, leave your belongings behind. Evacuate immediately, save yourself, and help others if possible. Call 911 when safe.

Hide! If evacuation is not possible, find a place where the active shooter is less likely to find you. If you are in a building, find a room where you can lock and barricade yourself inside using any equipment or furniture items. Silence your cell phone and remain quiet. Call 911 to alert authorities to the situation and possibly to the active shooter's location.

Cover vs. Concealment - Concealment may hide you but cannot stop a bullet, such as curtains. Cover will hide you and may stop a bullet, such as concrete and steel.

Fight! As a last resort and only if your life is in immediate danger, should you attempt to disrupt or incapacitate the active shooter by acting as aggressively as you can. Use any item as a makeshift weapon. If you are with others, work together to stop the threat. Whatever you do, commit to your actions.

What can I expect the police to do?

The number one priority is to stop the threat quickly. In doing so, police may:

  • arrive in variable attire such as plain clothes or uniforms from other agencies
  • be carrying weapons including rifles
  • shout commands such as "put your hands up"
  • move past injured persons to locate and stop the active threat


Active Violence Preparedness Training for Notre Dame Faculty, Staff and Students

Request in-person Active Violence Preparedness Training for your office, department or residence hall.