If you witness any armed individual on campus at any time, call 911. If the person begins shooting you have three choices: Avoid, Deny, or Defend.
Avoid - Deny - Defend
This is the preferred option and begins with situational awareness of one's environment prior to any active, hostile act occurring. It also includes have a plan ahead of time regarding what you would do in the event of an active shooter and knowing escape routes. Avoid danger.
- Leave the area immediately. If necessary, break windows or glass to get our of area.
- Run opposite directions of the disturbance or shots. DO not stop until you are in a safe area.
- Cover you head with books or items for protection.
If avoidance isn't possible, find ways to prevent the attacker from having access to you and others around you. Deny Access.
- User furniture to create a barricade in front of the door. If possible place furniture all the way to a support wall. If there is not enough furniture, link people from head to toe to the wall to keep the shooter from opening the door.
- Stay away from windows. Make sure all doors are locked.
- Get everyone down on the floor or under a desk and out of the line of fire. Turn lights off. Turn cell phone on silent and remain silent.
Take action! As a last resort, you have a right to defend yourself if you believe your life is in imminent danger. Defend yourself!
- ACT. Freezing is almost always the wrong response. It leads to a feeling of helplessness. When people feel helpless, their stress levels increase which further hinders functioning. Take action- any action- that can help give a sense of control and help reduce stress response.
- Slow down breathing. Take slow deep breaths to help lower heart rate and reduce stress response.
- Defend yourself. Act quickly. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Utilize any objects available to you to distract or interrupt the actions of the shooter.
Wait for the "all-clear" instruction given by Maroon Alert or a known voice. If staff or students do not recognize the voice that is giving instruction, they should not change their status.
- Unknown or unfamiliar voices may be giving false assurances.
- Remember, there may be more than one active shooter.
After a Valid "All-Clear"
- Follow the direction of Police Officers as you leave the building.
- When encountering Police Officers, keep your hands on your head or open in front of you. Officers are trained to be aware of all possible dangers and need to see quickly that you are not a threat.
- Be careful not to make and changes to the scene of the incident since law enforcement authorities need to investigate the area later.