Active Threat

An active threat is an incident in which an individual or group of individuals are in the process of attempting to inflict violent acts on others in a specific area.

Active threats typically involve some type of weapon such as a firearm, knife, or vehicle. Although very rare, these types of incidents are unfortunately increasing across the country. Typically, incidents occur without warning, last about 5-10 minutes, and can be lethal.

If you find yourself in an active threat situation, follow the ALICE response plan.

To enroll in A.L.I.C.E. training go to A.L.I.C.E WORKSHOPS 


  • Alert
    • Look and listen for notifications of an incident.
  • Lockdown
    • Shelter in place by locking down/barricading.
  • Inform
    • Stay up-to-date on the incident and report appropriate info to authorities.
  • Counter
    • As a last resort, counter the attacker.
  • Evacuate
    • If safe to do so, leave the incident area as soon as possible.

What You Can Do

Prepare before an incident

  • Ensure you are enrolled in Flash ALERTS and your contact info is current
  • Practice good situational awareness
  • If you see or hear something suspicious, tell the authorities
    • See something, say something.
  • Attend ALICE training
  • Attend first aid or "STOP THE BLEED" training

Respond during the incident

  • Listen to emergency alerts (Flash ALERTS, speaker systems, word-of-mouth)
  • If you are not in close proximity to the incident, shelter in place in a secure location
  • If you are close to the incident, but you feel it is safe to do so, evacuate the area immediately
  • If you can't evacuate, hide in a secure area, and barricade the door
  • If you find yourself face-to-face with the attacker, counter
    • Fight for your life!
  • Inform law enforcement if you have relevant information, such as a description of the attacker, what weapons they have, and their location
  • When you see law enforcement officers, keep hands visible and comply with instructions

Recover after the incident

  • Follow instructions from law enforcement
  • Expect updates from KSU
  • Explore mental health and trauma resources available to you
  • Help and support one another