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Active Shooter

With a number of mass shootings throughout the country we should all be more aware that, although highly unlikely, a similar incident could occur on our campus. We at the USU Department of Public Safety are committed to doing all we can to be prepared for an active shooter incident. We train our police officers on how to best respond to neutralize the shooter as quickly as possible. We are also providing training to departments across campus on how individuals should respond to an active shooter situation. You can call 797-0807 to schedule training for your department.

Below is information on active shooter situations. Please call (435) 797-2412 if you have questions on this important topic.

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.

Because active shooter situations are often over within 10-15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event (5:56)



Things to consider ahead of time:

  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers. Think "what if...?"
  • Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit. 
  • Sign up for CODE BLUE, the USU emergency notification system.