How do survive a campus shooting with a campus shooting safety plan, the key to a safe and secure campus environment: Run, Hide, Fight

If a shooter is threatening life and safety on campus, follow this campus shooting safety  and security procedure:

When a shooting occurs on campus, the campus response procedure is: Run, Hide, Fight.

RUN: Escape If Possible

  • Evaluate your situation and decide on an escape route. RUN far away from the sound of gunfire only if the coast is clear and you feel that you can make it to a safer location.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Evacuate others if they are willing to follow.
  • Do not stay if they are unwilling to leave, leave them behind.

HIDE: Hide Silently in the Safest Location Possible on Campus

  • Hide in an area outside of the shooter’s view.
  • Block any points of entry and lock the doors, if possible.
  • Turn off lights.
  • Silence phones and turn off electronics.
  • If you are outdoors and cannot RUN safely, find a safe place to hide that will provide protection from gunfire.
  • Remain in place until you receive an “all clear” signal from IDentifyED.

FIGHT: Last resort. Attack with aggression.

  • If you cannot RUN or HIDE, FIGHT the perpetrator.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression toward the shooter.
  • Throw items at the shooter and take him or her by surprise if possible
  • Use what you can find as a weapon


  • Wait for local Law Enforcement Officers to assist you out of the building, if inside.
  • When law enforcement arrives, remain calm and follow their instructions.
  • Raise your hands and keep your palms open at all times.

During a shooting, IDentifyED is our campus safety, security and communication infrastructure

1Shooting threats are uncommon even though you hear about them on the news every day. If you believe you hear gunfire, assume you did hear gunfire. Gunfire is pretty distinct.

2The campus safety and security procedure on campus is outlined above: Run, Hide, Fight. Check the IDentifyED app for additional campus shooting safety procedures.

3A shooting threat comes quickly it is important to Run, Hide, Fight, typically you will find that this will result in an Standard Response Procedure either a lock down if the shooter is inside the campus or a building or a lock out is a shooter is outside a building or campus, shut the doors to the outside.The standard response procedure was first adopted by schools and is in over 25,000 K-12 schools and colleges. The SRP is also now available for businesses;

4In a “lockdown” or “lockout” follow these procedures:



  • Return inside
  • Business as usual


  • Bring everyone indoors
  • Lock perimeter doors
  • Increase situational awareness
  • Business as usual
  • Account for occupants, as everyone to check-in.



  • Move away from sight
  • Maintain silence
  • Prepare to evade or defend: Run, Hide, Fight


  • Lock interior doors
  • Turn out the lights
  • Move away from sight
  • Do not open the door
  • Maintain silence
  • Prepare to evade or defend: Run, Hide, Fight

5If you witness a shooting threat or a gun, make a help request immediately if possible, add text and a picture.

6Swipe up on your IDentifyED app to find your school’s shooting threat procedures: Run, Hide, Fight.

7Swipe left on the ID screen of IDentifyed and you will come to your campuses’ custom app, the campus/school may have added additional links there as well as potential systems or sources of information.

8The shooting threat may affect only a small area or a large community. The IDentifyED system has integration into the I Love You Guys Foundation’s standard response procedures; these procedures will tell people how you need to respond and reduce panic during a campus shooting. Shooters can move between buildings and there can be more than one shooter, so in a lockdown or lockout assume a shooter is walking down the hall.

9If you need help use the IDentifyED 911 feature on the help request, this will direct you to specific campus response personnel on IDentifyED and explain to the dispatcher the issue. Campus resources might be the best place to call for help on your campus. If for any reason you are not able to get in touch with campus resources, do not hesitate to dial 911 on your phone app.

10Emergency personnel during a shooting threat with IDentifyED can also involve or escalate to additional personnel as well as any emergency responders.

11Emergency responders will also maintain and update critical event message boards about the shooting threat, that will allow everyone in the campus to get the most critical and up-to-date information.

12If you need help or others need help during the shooting threat, you can make additional help requests that might document additional assistance and additional people who might be injured during the shooting threat.

13For schools that use IDentifyED, during a shooting threat, it is possible that you will be in class to make certain that the teacher takes attendance as you seek shelter.

14Everyone should check into a location, event, group or transportation so that emergency responders know where everyone is.

15Look for updates to the locations as well; perhaps the school will add shelter or evacuate to locations so that you can accurately share your location with friends, family and of course, emergency responders.

16If you check-in, and then need help — emergency responders will be able to respond to your specific location with much better detail. For example, during a shooting threat, it is possible that you are on the 20th floor in room 2001 of a 20-story building. If you need assistance, your IDentifyED reported longitude and latitude will only tell the responders what building you are in, and a good check-in will help them narrow it down the floor and room so that they can find you.

17If you are disabled during a shooting threat, in any way and the elevators are disabled, or there is a power outage. Make a handicapped help request with your specific checked in location (many schools have designated handicapped assistance areas for you to check into.)

18Once the shooting threat is not a threat — emergency personnel will either broadcast out an all clear or if you are in a IDentifyED school begin reunification procedures.

19If an all clear is sent during a shooting threat, assume that there will be additional information that may need to be shared, stay sheltered until you can get assurance that it is safe.

20After a shooting threat, please report any personal injury or injury of others through IDentifyED.

21After a shooting threat, please report any damage to property or safety concerns via the IDentifyED Help request.

22If you are an IDentifyED School campus; If a reunification process is called for after a shooting threat, monitor the IDentifyED critical event message boards as well as all emergency broadcasts.

23Follow the instructions from emergency responders, check the app for the campus shooting safety emergency instructions.

24If you are an IDentifyED School campus; During a shooting threat reunification, you should be told where to report to. It is possible that traditional/anticipated buildings or rally points are not safe to shelter or meet at so it is important to listen to and follow the directions of emergency responders.

25For school’s using IDentifyED, during a shooting reunification you should be told where to report to. It is possible that traditional/anticipated buildings or rally points are not safe to shelter or meet at so it is important to listen to and follow the directions of emergency responders.

26For school’s using IDentifyED, When arriving at a reunification area, make certain you check-in or are checked in to that location.

27For school’s using IDentifyED, Parents should follow reunification procedures during a shooting reunification. Parents should be instructed as to what will occur by campus personnel please follow the directions you are being given. It is likely that your school will use IDentifyED’s reunification process, if your school uses IDentifyED’s carline system, reunification will be very similar.

28After a shooting, you may experience building closures, power outages and damage that may result in the campus or campus being closed. IDentifyED is housed offsite from your campus so IDentifyED should remain online during any and all emergencies. As long as you can get to internet services you should be able to get to IDentifyED. For this reason, during an emergency it is very likely that IDentifyED will be your campuses best means to communicate.

29Continue to monitor IDentifyED emergency broadcasts, campus news and alerts as well as critical event boards after the shooting because campuses will need to update you on when campus will reopen and any other additional information.

30After a shooting, IDentifyed may also be used to update everyone and any group events, pro-jects or assignments, look for these updates on IDentifyED first in order to minimize and opti-mize communications. It is likely that many parties will update calendars, message boards, send messages and provide additional updates via portfolios.

31IDentifyED’s many communication resources like user portfolios, messaging, message boards, calendars, chat, group chat, emergency broadcast, campus-wide news and alerts will all be used during and after a tornado. So, monitor IDentifyED and use IDentifyED as your primary source of information.