Shooting Incident

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Run - If there is a clear and safe escape route
Hide - If there is no escape and you can get to a secure location to hide
Fight - If your only option is to defend yourself, fight as if your life depended upon it

In general, how you respond to an active shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter, bearing in mind there could be more than one shooter involved in the same situation. If you find yourself involved in an active shooter situation, try to remain calm and use these guidelines to help you plan a strategy for survival.

If an active shooter is outside your building:

Proceed to a room that can be locked from the inside. Lock all windows/doors and turn off all lights; if possible, get everyone down on the floor and ensure that no one is visible from outside the room. One person in the room should call 911 from a University telephone, or 911 from a cellular phone, advise the dispatcher of what is taking place, and inform him/her of your location; remain in place until the police give an "all clear." Unfamiliar voices may be the shooter attempting to lure victims from their safe space; do not respond to any voice commands until you can verify with certainty that they are being issued by a police officer.

If an active shooter is in the same building you are:

Determine if the room you are in can be locked (from inside) and if so, follow the same procedure described in the previous paragraph. If your room can't be locked, try to barricade the door with heavy objects (i.e. desks, chairs). If this is not possible, try to find a nearby location that can be reached safely and can be secured from the inside. If you can safely exit the building, be sure to follow the instructions outlined below.

If an active shooter enters your office or classroom:

Try to remain calm. Dial 911 from a University telephone or 911 from a cellular phone, if possible and alert police to the shooter's location; if you can't speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can listen to what's taking place. If there is absolutely no opportunity for escape or hiding, it might be possible to negotiate with the shooter; attempting to overpower the shooter with force should be considered a very last resort, after all other options have been exhausted. If the shooter leaves the area, proceed immediately to a safer place and do not touch anything that was in the vicinity of the shooter.

No matter what the circumstances, if you decide to flee during an active shooting situation, make sure you have an escape route and plan (work with your floor manager to develop a plan) in mind. Do not attempt to carry anything while fleeing; move quickly, keep your hands visible, and follow the instructions of any police officers you may encounter. Do not attempt to remove injured people; instead, leave wounded victims where they are and notify authorities of their location as soon as possible. Do not try to drive away until advised it is safe to do so by a Police Officer.

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