Active attacker preparedness and prevention resources

Officers respond to the report of an active attacker. This image was taken during the filming of the DPSS video on Responding to an Active Attacker. This was not a real life situation.

Chances are you’ll never face an active attacker situation. However if you do, you need to be prepared. 

Active attacker situations can evolve quickly, often causing panic and disbelief. Knowing what to do in advance increases your chances of surviving. Your reaction matters.

The Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) aims to educate our community by providing educational resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active attacker incident. Please review our active attacker video and other educational resources.

We want to assure our community that we consistently train for active attacker situations. At the University of Michigan, our officers regularly exercise protocols and are equipped to respond to active attackers. Our training for our students, faculty and staff includes Run, Hide or Fight—run if you can, hide if you can’t and as a last resort fight.

If such an emergency incident occurs on our campus, we will issue a UM Emergency Alert. When activated, all U-M students, faculty and staff automatically will receive an email. Those who have registered devices with our system will receive text and voice messages, and messages will appear on our U-M and DPSS websites, Twitter feeds and digital signage. You also can receive a push notification from the Michigan App and DPSS App.

Please be aware that most times warning signs are displayed before an attack occurs. If you witness behavior that concerns you, trust your instincts and call 911 or DPSS at (734) 763-1131 or report your concern online.