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Be Prepared for an Armed Aggressor

An active shooter or armed aggressor situation can cause extreme panic and disorientation, but thinking through how you would respond ahead of time could save your life. We encourage you to schedule a training to better prepare for such an incident.

Schedule an In-person Training

Call 435-797-1939 to schedule a training for your department. In the meantime, viewing the Shot Fired video linked on this webpage will help you think through the worst-case scenario.

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

Because armed aggressor 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.

How You Can Prepare 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. 

Watch "Shots Fired"

Shots Fired Campus VideoActive Shooter (Campus Scenario - Requires USU Login)

Homeland Security Resources

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides reminder cards, posters, and a booklet you can download to help prepare yourself and colleagues. Though it primarily addresses an active shooter situation, the same principles and response apply to any armed aggressor situation.

Download Homeland Security resources.


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