Gunman-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Active Shooter

In the unlikely event of an active shooter on campus, the following steps should be taken:

RUN -If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises.

  • Plan escape routes in advance.
  • Run away from the sounds of gunfire.
  • Do not stop and gather personal belongings.
  • Warn others, but do not wait for them.
  • When you get to a safe place, call University Police at 412-268-2323.

HIDE - If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide.

  • Close and lock the door.
  • Turn off the lights, TV, radio, and all phone ringers.
  • Block the door with heavy furniture/objects.
  • Take cover under anything available that offers concealment and protection.


  • Prepare to fight to save your life.
  • Visually search your room for anything that can be used as a weapon.
  • If you hear the shooter attempting to get through the door, position yourself to attack and injure/disarm him immediately as entry begins.