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Active Threat Response

Active threat situations are dynamic and evolve quickly. The response to these situations will vary based on the specific circumstances. Be aware of various response alternatives, consider the specifics of the event and be prepared to act fast based on the information you have at that time.

General Response Guide:


  • Move away from violence or shooting: moving may involve going through windows or other unconventional means if normal exits are blocked
  • Move to a safe location
  • Move again if necessary, based on good information
  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Keep your hands visible


  • Shelter in place or hide out of view
  • Lock and Barricade Doors; block windows and close blinds
  • Turn off lights
  • Silence cell phones
  • Take cover behind dense, solid objects that might be effective in stopping bullets


As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger –

  • Attempt to overpower or disarm the shooter
  • Attempt to incapacitate the aggressor
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter

For additional information and training, please contact the University Police Crime Prevention Unit by email or by phone at 919-515-5963.

For information on emergency communications, visit NC State WolfAlert and Emergency Information webpage.