• Watch Duke's active shooter training videos below: What if... Shots Fired (netID login required).
  • Identify multiple escape routes from your normal places of work or study.
  • Identify locations in which you can hide if necessary. Look for places with locking doors and window blinds or covers.
  • Understand the plans for individuals with disabilities or other needs.
  • Participate in an armed intruder training with Duke Police.
  • Participate in a hemorrhage control training.

What If... Shots Fired: Duke University Campus (netID login required)

Best practices have evolved in recent years for how best to respond if confronted with an active shooter situation on campus.   This brief video reviews those practices and how to recognize and report signs of suspicious or concerning behavior to help prevent violence before it happens. 

What If... Shots Fired: Duke University Health System (netID login required)


If an armed intruder alert has been issued, use the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Get Out – leave your belongings behind, have an escape route and plan in mind, and keep your hands visible to law enforcement.
  • Hide Out – hide out of sight from the assailant and block entry and sight into your hiding place.
  • Take Out – As a last resort, attempt to incapacitate the assailant by acting with physical aggression or throwing items.
  • Call 911 only when it is safe for you to do so.


  • Follow the instructions of law enforcement officers when leaving the area. Keep your hands visible and remain calm.
  • Aid the wounded only if it is safe for you to do so and you are able to help.
  • Understand that affected areas may be a crime scene and access to retrieve personal belongings or to resume normal operations may be severely limited.
  • Seek out professional counseling services if needed. For students, Counseling and Psychological Services offer crisis counseling. For faculty and staff, the Personal Assistance Service offers similar services.

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