Active Shooter Awareness

Be pioneer prepared: If you see something, say something!

Personal Preparedness Plan: Making a plan

  • Take time to speak with your family members and friends
  • Update Pioneer Alert information through Pioneer Portal
  • Create a communication plan
    • Identify out-of-town contact
    • Phone number for each family member or friend
    • Designate a meeting place or rally point
  • Document critical information about each family member or friend
    • Name
    • Work location and phone number
    • Important medical information (Ex: Medications)
  • Identify evacuation routes both at work/school and at home
  • Determine what you need in your disaster kit and put it together
    • First aid kit
    • Medication
    • Cell phone charger

Be Aware

Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness

  • Personal Responsibility = Situational Awareness
  • Survival Mindset Stages:
    • Unaware (Not a place to be)
    • Relaxed but alert (Ideal to be in at all times)
    • Something appears wrong (When you see an issue)
    • Taking action/fight or flight (Decision-making stage)
    • Panic, over reaction, under/no action (Result of Unaware)

Three Stages of Disaster

  1. Denial
    • Hear something that sounds like gunshots or a popping noise, then go straight to deliberation
    • Do not dismiss
  2. Deliberation
    • Must quickly make a choice
    • Realize stress could slow decision-making ability
    • Take deep breaths to calm self
    • Scripting and practicing
  3. Decisive Moment
    • Taking action
    • Acting with purpose and fully committing to actions


Taking Action

  • When to report to DPS
    • Anytime a person threatens to commit or commits an act of violence
    • Abuses or threatens a person
    • Uses abusive, profane, or vulgar language
    • Prevents or disrupts use of the building
    • Places individuals in fear of injury
  • How you can be notified of an Active Shooter event on campus
    • Hearing gunshots (If in the same building or close proximity)
    • Receiving Pioneer Alert (We never send these out as a drill. If you get this it is real.)
    • Phone (Text/voice)
    • Email
    • Social media (Follow Pioneer Alert on Twitter)
    • Desktop
    • Homepage
  • Be careful who you let in a locked door. It may be the shooter.
  • Remember these steps if you are in abuilding with an assailant
    1. Run
      • Get out of the building if safe and possible
      • Once in a safe area outside of the building, call DPS to report: Description of assailant, location of the shooting and do not provide information you don’t have
    2. Hide (If unable to get out)
      • Lock yourself in a room and barricade door with heavy objects
      • Turn off the lights and remain completely silent
      • Do not use cell phone (You want it dark and quiet)
    3. Fight
      • Distractors and attackers
      • Do not huddle for comfort instead spread out
      • Fully commit to action
  • If you are not in the building with the shooter:
    • Maintain situational awareness
    • Stay off campus
    • Do not come on campus until it is safe
      • Notification from Pioneer Alert. We will send an “All Clear Message” when you can resume normal activities

Police Response

  • Police priorities:
    • Find the threat and stop it
    • Do not expect them to stop to provide medical assistance (First team will step over wounded to go after the threat. The next team will attend to the wounded.)
    • Do not expect them to be able to speak with you in detail
  • When police arrive:
    • Follow commands
    • Show your hands
    • Do not make any sudden or aggressive movement toward them (They do not know who is a threat.)
    • They are looking for the threat to stop the damage as soon as possible.

Medical Response

  • Emergency Medical Services will be delayed until it is safe for them to enter a part of the building, but other officers come in to give aid.
  • If possible, you should provide first aid to those who were injured.
  • We encourage you to seek training for first aid.

Next Steps

  • Starts with prevention
  • Get to know your campus community
  • Be mindful of other’s behavior and do not hesitate to refer if concerned

Background on Active Shooter Events

Definition of an Active Shooter

  • One or more people engaged in attempting to kill as many people as possible
  • Often go for an area where there is a large target or gathering of people
  • Usually the individuals targeted are random
  • Different than a hostage situation

Profile of an Active Shooter

  • There is no distinct profile
  • However, there are signs
    • Threats made on social media
    • Clues hidden in school work
    • Drastic changes in behavior

Active Shooter Video

Contact Information

Lt. Jennifer Niederhaus
Department of Public Safety, TWU

Sgt. Dadra Bundick
Department of Public Safety, TWU

Visit the Department of Public Safety for any other questions or concerns.