Active Threat / Armed Person

In the event of an active threat situation, you have three options.





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In the event of an active or armed thread, the community will be alerted to the danger using the building intercom system and a warning message that will take over display on all digital screens (computers, TV screens) in the network.

You should


If escape is possible:

  • Do not pull fire alarm
  • Evacuate building using quickest and safest route; leave belongings behind
  • Advise everyone you meet that they should evacuate immediately
  • If possible, help others escape and do not attempt to move the wounded
  • Advise others not to enter the area
  • Keep your hands visible
  • Call 911 and/or security at 514-931-8731 local 1000, when you are safe


If escape is not possible (lockdown):

  • Enter a room that has a door with a lock; lock door securely
    • Use deadbolts in teaching spaces
  • Turn off the lights and barricade the door with furniture; take refuge behind or under furniture
  • Do not open door to anyone
  • Do not react to alarm being sounded, stay put
  • If possibility arises, do not evacuate
  • Security will communicate info as possible using the internal speakers found in departments or teaching spaces
  • Stay in hiding location until police or rescue personnel come to safely evacuate you

Fight [Only You Can Decide to Do This!]

Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter

The first officers to arrive on scene will not stop to help the injured. Know that rescue teams will enter after the initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove the injured once it is safe to do so.

Once you have reached a safe location, you will likely be held in that area by police until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned.

Do not leave the area until police have instructed you to do so.

When Police Arrive:

  • Remain calm and follow instructions
  • Drop items in your hands (i.e. bags, jackets)
  • Raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers, such as holding on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
  • Do not ask questions when evacuating

Information to Provide to 911 Operators:

  • Location of the active shooter
  • Your location
  • Number of shooter(s)
  • Physical description of shooter(s)
  • Number and type of weapons held by the shooter(s)
  • Number of potential victims at location


Last Modified: November 25, 2022