Active Shooter Protocol

Click here to view the Active Shooter Protocol provided by the Department of Homeland Security

Watch the video below about surviving an active shooter event.

 

Please adhere to response procedures below for responding to an Active Shooter in your building.  If you can evacuate the area, please do so in as safe a manner as possible.

Secure your immediate area:

  • Lock and/or barricade doors with any available object(s) (chairs, tables, desks, etc)
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds
  • Block windows
  • Turn off computer monitors
  • Keep occupants calm, quiet, and out of sight by laying low to the ground
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection (i.e. concrete walls, desks, chairs, tables, filing cabinets, etc.).  Such cover may protect you from injury
  • Silence cell phones
  • Place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons

Contacting Authorities: 

  • Dial 911 or 9-9-1-1 from any campus telephone. Be aware that the 911 system will likely be overwhelmed.
  • Program the Campus Security emergency line into cell phone for emergency use. Extension 4444 or 366.4444 (emergency line)

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 weapon(s) (long gun or hand gun), backpack, shooter’s identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc

Un-Securing an area:

  • Responding special forces will assist in un-securing and rescuing victims who are locked down; Consider risks before un-securing rooms
  • Remember, the shooter will not stop until he/she is 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

Security Response: 

  • If possible, limit suspect(s) movement(s) by securing all unaffected buildings; evacuate victims to safety; provide master keys and logistical support to responding special forces and emergency medical services
  • Facilitate basic first aid or triage injured victims if possible
  • Assist law enforcement authorities with investigation