Active Shooter - Critical Incident Management Plan - The University of Iowa

In general, how you respond to an active shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter, bearing in mind there could be more than one shooter involved in the same situation.  If you find yourself involved in an active shooter situation, try to remain calm and focused.  Use these guidelines to help you plan a strategy for survival.  

What to do if you hear gunshots

If you hear what sounds like gunshots or popping, immediately assume they are gunshots and don’t investigate.  You need to quickly decide one of three courses of action:  

Deciding on the best course of action

 The information below will aid in deciding on which course of action might be your best option: 

Plan you escape route

No matter what the circumstances, if you decide to flee during an active shooting situation, make sure you have an escape route and plan in mind.