Active Shooter Responses

Community Response Checklist -Active Shooter Incident


Secure immediate area:

  • Lock and barricade doors
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds
  • Block windows
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors
  • Keep occupants calm, quiet and out of sight
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection i.e. concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets (cover may protect you from bullets)
  • Silence cell phones
  • Place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons

Un-securing an area:

  • Consider risks before un-securing rooms
  • Remember, the shooter will not stop until they are engaged by an outside force
  • Attempts to rescue people should only be attempted if it can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area
  • Consider the safety of masses vs. the safety of few
  • If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area should remain secured

Contacting Authorities:

  • Use Emergency 911
  • 281-756-3700 ACCPD Emergency
  • Be aware that the 911 system will likely be overwhelmed. Program the ACC non-emergency line 281-756-3700 into your cell phone for emergency use or consider email. Email may be an option when unable to speak. Email is monitored by police personnel.

What to Report:

  • Your specific location/building name and office/room number
  • Number of people at your specific location
  • Injuries and the number injured, types of injuries
  • Assailant(s) location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, types of weapons (long gun or hand gun), backpack, shooters identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc

Police Response:

  • Objective is to immediately engage assailant(s)
  • Evacuate Victims
  • Facilitate follow up medical care, interview, and counseling
  • Investigation