We strongly encourage you to watch an informational video funded by the Department of Homeland Security and produced by the City of Houston. The video portrays a scenario of an active shoot and contains graphic content. For more information, visit the Active Shooter Safety Guidelines page on the HUPD website.
What is an active shooter:
- An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.
How to decide what to do in an active shooter situation:
- In an active shooter situation, you should quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. You should:
- Run if there is an accessible escape path. Attempt to evacuate the premises.
- Hide if evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
- Fight as a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter.
- Call 911 when it is safe to do so
When law enforcement arrives:
- Remain calm and follow instructions.
- Put down any items in your hands such as bags and jackets.
- Raise hand and spread fingers.
- Keep hands visible at all times.
- Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety.
- Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling.
- Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating
Information to provide to law enforcement or 911 operator:
- Location of the active shooter.
- Number of shooters.
- Physical description of shooter(s).
- Number and type of weapons held by shooter(s).
- Number of potential victims at the location.