In a hostile situation, or one that is perceived as threatening violence, it is recommended that you follow the below guidelines. This information is to help in a critical situation and does not cover every possible situation. Please note that these types of incidents are highly unpredictable. An individual’s response should depend on the particular circumstances at hand.
- Call 911 (8-911 from a College telephone) as soon as safely possible. Do not put yourself or anyone else in danger.
Secure Immediate Area:
- Clear hallways immediately.
- Do not attempt to confront or apprehend shooter (unless as a last resort).
- Lock and barricade doors if unable to exit the building safely.
- Turn off lights.
- Close blinds and block windows.
- Turn off radios and computer monitors.
- Keep occupants calm, quiet and out of sight. Take adequate cover/protection from bullets (i.e., concrete walls, thick desks, file cabinets).
- Silence cell phones.
- Do not leave the room or unlock the door to see “what is happening.”
- Place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons.
What to Report:
- Your specific location, including building name and official room number.
- Number of people at your specific location, and numbers/types of injuries.
- Number and location of assailant(s), plus descriptors: race and gender; clothing description; physical features; weapon types (long gun or handgun); backpack; shooter’s identity, if known; separate gunfire; explosions; etc.
Un-Securing an Area:
- Remember: A shooter may not stop until he is engaged by an outside force.
- Consider risks before un-securing rooms. If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside a room, that area should remain secured.
- Consider the safety of the masses vs. the safety of the few.
- Attempts to rescue people should only be made if they can be accomplished without further endangering yourself or anyone else.