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Department of Public Safety


Community Response Checklist

-Active Shooter Incident-



  • Shut doors
  • If possible lock and barricade doors
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds
  • 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
  • Remove items from tops of desk
  • Silence cell phones
  • Place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons


  • Consider risks before releasing or leaving an area
  • 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 a few
  • If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area should remain secured


  • Emergency Services — 911
  • Department of Public Safety — 566-3333 or 215-3091
  • Be aware that the 911 system will likely be overwhelmed. Program the San Juan College Department of Public Safety administrative line (566-3263) into cell phone for emergency use or consider e-mail. E-mail may be an option when unable to speak. E-mail is monitored by Security personnel during an emergency event.


  • Your specific location-building and office or room number
  • Number of people at your specific location
  • Injuries-number of injured and types of injuries
  • Assailant(s)-location, number of assailants, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons (long gun or hand gun), back pack, shooters identity if know, separate explosions from gunfire, etc.


  • Objective is to immediately engage assailants
  • Evacuate victims
  • Facilitate follow-up medical care, interviews, counseling
  • Investigation