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Armed Violence/Hostile Intruder

Remember no two incidents are identical, each must be evaluated independently, therefore the following response concepts could include:

If exiting the building or area is possible

  • Exit immediately
  • Try to warn others
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Notify 911 upon reaching a safe location

If exiting the building or area is not possible

  • Remain calm.
  • Immediately lock your office door or classroom door. If there are non-threatening students/faculty/staff members in the hallway, ask them to step into your room/office.
  • Direct others in room to move away from doors and windows. Do not open your door for any reason. Authorities will have keys.
  • Cover room/office windows as best as possible; close blinds and curtains and turn off lights.
  • Mute all cell phones or other devices that may alert of your presence (including vibrating modes).
  • DO NOT call emergency services or Public Safety after the incident has been reported unless you can provide useful information pertaining to the situation.
  • Take attendance of students/faculty/staff present and be prepared to provide it to authorities if needed.
  • If you hear what may be gunshots, direct those in the room to lie as flat on the floor as possible.
  • Remain in a lockdown until otherwise instructed by authorities or campus administration.

If an intruder is outside the building

  • Attempt to lock the building if this can safely be accomplished
  • Turn off lights to rooms and move away from windows
  • If the intruder gains entry to the building, attempt to evacuate through an alternate means, or follow actions listed above.
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