Amherst College Police

Community Response Checklist—Active Shooter

Secure Immediate Area

  • Lock and barricade doors
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds
  • Block windows
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors
  • Keep occupants calm, quiet, and out of sight
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection i.e., behind concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets (cover may protect you from bullets).

Un-Securing An Area

  • Consider risks before un-securing rooms
  • Remember, the shooter will not stop until they are engaged by an outside force.
  • Attempts to rescue people should only be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area.
  • Consider the safety of masses -vs- the safety of a few
  • If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area should remain secured.

Contacting Authorities

  • Use Emergency 2111 from all campus phones.
  • Use (413) 542-2111 from all non-campus phones, including cell phones.

What To Report

  • Your specific location- building name and office/room number
  • Number of people at your specific location
  • Injuries- number of injured, types of injuries
  • Assailant(s)- location, number of suspects, gender/race, clothing description, physical features, type of weapon(s) (long gun or hard gun), backpack, shooters identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc.

Police Response

  • Objective is to immediately engage assailant(s)
  • Evacuate victims
  • Facilitate follow-up medical care, interviews, counseling
  • Investigation.