An armed aggressor or active shooter 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. An armed aggressor situation can cause extreme panic and disorientation, but thinking through how you would respond ahead of time could save your life.
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. We encourage you to schedule a training to better prepare for such an incident.
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 Aggie Alerts, USU's emergency alert system.
Take the Online Active Shooter Response Training
The Armed Aggressor – Run Hide Fight training video provides you with critical guidance on how to recognize and respond to an active shooter situation. An A-Number is required to take the training.
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.