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CUPD: What you can do if there is an active shooter near you

In the wake of another tragic shooting on a college campus, the Clemson University Police Department offers this safety information about what to do if there is an active shooter nearby.

There are three lifesaving actions you can take, depending on the situation: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.

While those may not be your only choices, they are considered the best options by safety experts:


  • If time permits, run away from the aggressor
  • Plan ahead; have an escape route in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Encourage others to escape, if possible
  • Keep your hands visible so police know you are not armed
  • Call 911 when you are safe


  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
  • Lock the door or block entry to your hiding place
  • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet
  • Avoid windows


  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible.
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the shooter
  • Commit to your actions… your life may depend on it

The Department of Homeland Security produced a video with more information. You can see it here.

In case of emergency or to report suspicious activity, don’t hesitate to call 911 or 864-656-2222. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

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