Active Shooter Preparedness

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Run, Hide, Fight

If notified of an active shooter on any of UB's campuses, individuals should follow the guidance to either run, hide or fight:


When an active shooter is in your vicinity:

  • If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate
  • Evacuate whether others agree to or not
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Helps others escape if possible
  • Prevent others from entering the area
  • Call 716-645-2222 or 911 when you are safe


If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide:

  • Lock or blockade the door
  • Silence your cell phone
  • Hide behind large objects
  • Remain very quiet

Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the shooter’s view
  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction
  • Not trap or restrict your options for movement


As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger:

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Act with physical aggression, in a group if possible
  • Improvise weapons (chairs, heavy objects, etc.)
  • Commit to your actions

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm and follow instructions
  • Keep your hands visible at all times
  • Avoid pointing or yelling
  • Know that help for the injured is on its way

Related Training and Resources

  • Active Shooter Training
    You need to know what to do before law enforcement arrives on the scene, you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
  • UB Emergency Procedures
    Students, faculty and staff should follow emergency procedures to keep themselves safe and free emergency responders to resolve an incident quickly.

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