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Active Shooter (Workplace Violence)

If you are involved in a situation where someone has entered the area and started shooting, the following is a list of actions that are recommended. It should be noted that these types of incident are unpredictable. The below guidelines are recommendations that are based on past experiences. You may have to alter some of these suggestions, depending on the situation.

  1. Exit the building immediately
  2. Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately.
  3. Report to your building assembly area which is located at(See evacuation plan). This should be done only if it is reasonably safe to do so. Otherwise, it may be better to leave the campus.
  4. Call 911 and the Penn State York Safety & Security Department at 771-8444 or 8444 from any campus phone.
  5. Give the communications specialist at York County control the following information:
    1. Your name
    2. Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
    3. Number of shooters (if known)
    4. Identification or description of shooter
    5. Number of persons who may be involved
    6. Your location

If you are directly involved and exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

  1. Go to the nearest room or office.
  2. Close and lock the door.
  3. Cover the door windows.
  4. Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
  5. DO NOT answer the door.
  6. Notify 911 and campus security.
  7. Give the communications specialist at York County Control the following information:
    1. Your name
    2. Your location (be as specific as possible)
    3. Number of shooters (if known)
    4. Identification or description of shooter
    5. Number of persons who may be involved
  8. Wait for local police or security to assist you out of the building

Police Response

Police are trained to respond to an active shooting incident by entering the building as soon as possible, and proceeding to the area of the shooter(s). They will move quickly and directly. Early on in an incident, they may not be able to rescue people because their main goal is to get to the shooter(s). People need to try to remain calm and patient during this time, so as not to interfere with police operations. Normally, a rescue team is formed shortly after the first responding officers enter the building. They will be the Officers who will search for injured parties and get everyone safely out of the building.