Active Threat Information

How to Respond to An Active Threat Incident

An active shooter (person or persons causing great harm to as many people as possible by any means) is a frightening experience causing panic and disorientation throughout the event. Knowing what to do in advance increases your chances of survival and minimizes the horrific and all too often deadly outcome of an active threat incident!

In concert with our community outreach efforts and active shooter presentations, the University of Minnesota Duluth Police Department wants to ensure the University community has the tools to overcome an active shooter.

These three words --- RUN, HIDE, FIGHT --- may save your life or the lives of others.

Run. Hide. Fight.

Calling 9-1-1

  • Call ONLY if safe and with information about the active shooter
  • Clarify you are on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus and where you are
  • Give the location of the active shooter(s)
  • Provide physical description of active shooter(s)
  • Describe type of weapons held by the active shooter(s)
  • Notify the dispatcher of victims and their location

How to React When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm; follow officers’ instructions
  • Keep your hands up and out in front of you, assuring your hands are empty
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements towards officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
  • Move quickly towards the nearest exit or where directed to by police
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or directions when evacuating

Once In A Safe Place

Emergency responders need to account for everyone!  Once you are in a safe place, DO NOT LEAVE.  As the event unfolds and is better understood, law enforcement will provide additional instructions as to where you should be or when you will be able to leave.  Please be patient with us.  Your safety is our most important concern!