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Best Practices in the Event of an Active Shooter
When Exiting a Building is Possible
If you are in a building with an active shooter and it is possible to do so safely, exit the building immediately when you become aware of an incident. Move away from the immediate path of danger, and take the following steps:

1. Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately.

2. Evacuate to a safe area away from the danger, and take protective cover. Stay there until assistance arrives.

3. Call 9911 from a UWM land-line phone or 229-9911 from a cell phone to reach the University Police. Provide the dispatcher with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Location of the incident(be as specific as possible)
  • Your exact location
  • Number of shooters (if known)
  • Identification or description of shooter(s)
  • Number of persons who may be involved
  • Injuries to anyone (if known)
  • Advise of number and type of weapons (if known)

4. Take protective cover if you are not immediately impacted by the situation. Stay away from windows and doors until notified otherwise.


When Exiting a Building is NOT PossibleSHELTER IN PLACEIf you are in a building with an active shooter and exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

1. Go to the nearest room or office.

2. Close and lock or barricade the door with a desk or heavy object.

3. Turn off the lights.

4. Seek protective cover.

5. Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.

6. Do not answer the door.

7. Call 9911 from a UWM land-line phone or 229-9911 from a cell phone to reach the University Police if it is safe to do so. Provide the dispatcher with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your location in building(be as specific as possible)
  • Number of shooters (if known)
  • Identification or description of shooter(s)
  • Number of persons who may be involved
  • Injuries to anyone (if known)
  • Advise of number and type of weapons (if known)

8. Wait for police or security to assist you out of the building.