Active Shooter Situation

Active Shooter Situation

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.

Harvard University
Police Department (HUPD)


Urgent: 617-495-1212
Longwood: 617-432-1212
Business: 617-495-1215

Visit the HUPD website for more information.