Active Shooter

An active shooter is defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms.

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Shooting Protocol

If you witness any armed individual on campus at any time, immediately contact UNH Police at 911.

If the shooter is outside the building:

  • Turn off all the lights and close and lock all windows and doors. 
  • Close all window blinds and curtains. 
  • If you can do so safely, get all individuals on the floor and out of the line of fire. 
  • Move to a core area of the building if safe to do so and remain there until an "all clear" instruction is given by an authorized known voice.

If the shooter is inside the building:

  • If it is possible to flee the area safely and avoid danger, do so. 
  • Contact 911 with your location if possible.
  • If flight is impossible, lock all doors and secure yourself in your space.
  • Close all window blinds and curtains.
  • Get down on the floor or under a desk and remain silent. 
  • Get individuals on the floor and out of the line of fire. 
  • Wait for the "all clear" instruction.

If the shooter comes into your class or office:

  • Stay calm.
  • Attempt to get the word out to other individuals if possible. Call 911 if possible.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Stall for time.
  • Attempt to talk with the individual. If you know the individual, use their first name.
  • Put distance between yourself and the offender.
  • If possible, keep an escape route behind you.
  • Never try to grab the weapon.

Suspicious Individuals Protocol

  • Report a suspicious-looking individual or activity to UNH Police at 911. Give your location, name, and reason for calling. Be ready to supply a physical description of the individual: age, weight, hair color and length, clothing, facial hair, and any other distinguishing features. If the individual is in a vehicle, attempt to get the vehicle make, model, and color as well as the license plate number, if possible
  • If you suspect the person is armed or see a weapon, call 911 immediately and report the situation.
  • Do not approach a suspect individual yourself. Contact UNH Police as quickly as possible while monitoring the location of the person if feasible.

For More Information on Active Shooter Protocols:

DHS Active Shooter Preparedness