UW Police Department
What do I do if I'm in an active threat situation?
*You need to quickly decide the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Students
are likely to follow the lead of faculty and staff during emergency situations.
- Have an escape route and plan in mind
- Leave your belongings behind
- Keep your hands visible
- Hide in an area out of the active shooter's view
- Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
- Use only as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
- Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
- Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter
REPORT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO
YOU CAN REPORT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:
- DIAL 911
- UTILIZING THE UW TEXT TIPS PROGRAM To send an anonymous tip via text message to the
UWPD please text the keyword UWYO and your message to 847411 (Tips411)
- DIAL 307-766-5179
What information does 911 need?
- Location of the active shooter
- Number of shooters, if more than one
- Physical description of shooter(s)
- Number and type of weapons held by the shooter(s)
- Number of potential victims at the location
What do I do when Law Enforcement Arrives?
- Remain calm and follow officers' instructions
- Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
- Keep hands visible at all times
- Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them
- Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
- Do not stop to ask officers for help or directions when evacuating, just proceed in
the direction from which officers are entering the premises
Recognizing Signs of Potential Workplace Violence
An active threat may come from a current or former employee/student. Alert Human
Resources or your Department Head if you believe an individual is showing potentially
violent behavior. Indicators of potentially violent behavior may include one or more
of the following:
- Increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs
- Unexplained increase in absenteeism, and/or vague physical complaints
- Increased severe mood swings, and noticeably unstable or emotional responses
- Increasingly talks of problems at home
- Increase in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms, and other dangerous weapons
and violent crimes
*Information gathered from the Department of Homeland Security
Read the Department of Homeland Security's Active Shooter response guide.
For local training's or more information, please contact Sgt. Bade at 307-766-5179.