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ACTIVE SHOOTER

The following guidelines are intended to reduce your personal risk in the unlikely event that an Active Shooter Incident should occur on campus.

If you are outside a building when an event occurs, you should take immediate cover, preferably inside a building, circumstances permitting.

If you are in a building when an event occurs, you should:

Secure Immediate Area:

Remain Calm
Lock and barricade doors
Do not stand by doors or windows
Turn off lights
Close blinds
Block windows
Turn off radios and computer monitors
Keep occupants calm, quiet and out of sight
Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection (i.e., concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets – cover may protect you from bullets)
Silence cell phones

Contacting Authorities:

Dial 4-2911 from any Campus phone
Use emergency 911
Be aware that the Campus Security phone number will likely be overwhelmed

What to Report:

Your specific location-building name and office/room number
Number of people at your specific location
Injuries – number injured, types of injuries
Assailant(s) – location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons (long gun or hand gun), backpack, shooters identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc.

Police Response:

Objective is to engage assailant(s)immediately
Evacuate victims
Investigation

Un-Securing an Area:

Consider risks before un-securing rooms
Remember, the shooter will not stop until they are engaged by an outside force
Attempts to rescue people should only be attempted if it can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area
Consider the safety of masses-vs-the safety of a few
If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area should remain secured
Know all alternate exits in your building

Reminders from the Shots Fired video from the Center for Personal Protection and Safety

Figure Out:

How are you going to survive?
Will you get out?
Is there a path of escape?
Will you hide out?
Is there a chance to get to where the shooter may not find you?
Is your only option to take out the shooter?

Get Out:

Move quickly – don’t wait for others to validate your decision
Leave belongings behind
Survival chances increase if your not where the shooter is or go where he can’t see you

Call Out:

Inform authorities
Call 9-1-1 and tell them the name of the shooter (if known), shooter description, location, number and type of weapons

Hide Out:

May not be able to get out
Shooter between you and the only exit
Would have to enter area where shooter is positioned

Hiding place
Well hidden and well protected
Avoid places that might trap you or restrict movement

Keep Out:

Find a room that can be locked with objects to hide behind
Blockade door with heavy furniture
Turn out lights; become totally silent
Turn off noise producing devices
Call 9-1-1 (If you can do so without alerting the shooter)

Spread Out:

If two or more of you, DO NOT huddle together
Gives you options and makes it harder for the shooter

Quietly develop a plan of action in the event the shooter enters
Remain calm
Can have a contagious effect on others
Keeps others focused on survival

Take Out:

Assume shooters intentions are lethal
Shooter will succeed in killing all those with whom he comes in contact, UNLESS you stop him
Develop a survival mindset that you have “what it takes” to survive when your life is on the line
You must be prepared to do whatever it takes to neutralize the threat
Throw things, yell, use improvised weapons
If two or more of you, make a plan to overcome the shooter
Do the best that you can – choose to survive

Additional Emergency Training Videos and Violence Prevention Information can be found here.