Hardin-Simmons University Emergency Desk Reference
An Active Shooter is defined as one or more subjects who participate in a random or systemic
homicidal spree by demonstrating their intent to continuously harm others. The subject’s
overriding objective appears to be mass murder, rather than other criminal conduct such as
robbery or kidnapping.
Hardin-Simmons University Police policy is to respond, contain, and neutralize the threats and
administer aid to victims.
The biggest danger that we now face is complacency. Nothing ever happens here!
Five Stages of an Active Shooter
Get out of the “direct line of fire.” When you see a gunman come in, he is focused on what’s directly
in front of him.
When an Active Shooter is in your vicinity:
If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate.
Evacuate whether others agree or not.
Leave your belongings behind.
Help others escape if possible.
Prevent others from entering the area.
Call 911 when you are safe.
If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide:
Lock and/or blockade the door.
Silence your cell phone.
Hide behind large objects.
Remain very quiet.
As a LAST RESORT and only if your life is in danger: