Active Shooter

Emergency procedures for dealing with an active shooter at PNWU.

Active Shooter

Run | Evacuate if possible

Assess your situation.
If you can, quickly evacuate from the building and call 9-1-1.
Leave your belongings behind.
Help others escape if possible, but do not stay behind if others will not go.
Keep your hands visible to law enforcement.

Hide | Hide silently in as safe a place as possible

If it is not safe to evacuate, hide in an area out of the intruder's view.
Lock and barricade the door to prevent entry.
Turn off lights, close blinds, and silence cell phones and other electronics.

Fight | Take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter

As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger, you may choose to fight.
Take action to incapacitate the shooter.
Act with physical aggression against the shooter.
Commit to your actions - your life depends on it. 

When Law Enforcement Arrives: 

Remain calm and follow instructions.
Keep your hands raised and visible at all times.
Avoid pointing, screaming, or yelling.
Avoid quick movements towards officers.
Remember, the first officers on scene will not help the injured on the way into the building. There will be rescue teams who follow to treat those who are injured. 
Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises.

Information You Should Provide to the 9-1-1 Operator

Clarify if you are on the Pacific Northwest University campus.
Location of the active shooter.
Number of shooters, if more than one.
Physical description of the shooter(s).
Number and type of weapons held by the shooter(s).
Number of potential victims at the location.

Contact Information


For Emergencies:
Call 9-1-1

PNWU Security Office
200 University Parkway
Yakima, WA 98901

Security 24 Hours