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Active Shooter Emergency
- An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.
- If you are in an office or classroom, stay there and secure the door. If you are in a hallway, get into a room and secure the door.
- CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO!
- If you are or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
- If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- If you are uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
- Remain calm and assess the situation; make notation of the incident and stay with the victim.
- Call 911 or any Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
- Send word to the person designated to handle emergencies (Chief of Police or Dean of Students).
- Remain calm.
- Notify authorities immediately: notify the president and call 9-1-1 or your local law enforcement if no facility supervisor is available.
- For threats made via phone:Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does.
- If possible, signal or pass a note to other staff to listen and help notify authorities.
- Write down as much information as possible—caller ID number, exact wording of threat, type of voice or behavior, etc.—that will aid investigators.
- Record the call if possible.
- If a threat is made to you or to an individual around you, always report it immediately to an adult in charge (dorm supervisor, faculty, staff, administrator).
- Get as much detail as possible about the person threatening (name and description).
- Stay calm and walk away if you can.
Missing Student or Death
- If someone who usually attends class or always stays in the dorm does not show up in a few days and there is no communication, notify the Dean of Students if you have concerns he or she may be missing. A full incident report and investigation will be initiated.
- In the case of the death of a student, remain calm and notify the first immediate faculty, staff, or administrator. The campus police and local authorities will be contacted.
- Counselors are on campus in the case of any grievance situation
- In the case of a Watch—Be prepared. Tornadoes are possible in the area and being watched by the Storm Prediction Center.
- In the case of a Warning—Take action. A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger.
- Faculty and staff are called and know where the safe place is for every building on campus. Do not try to leave in a vehicle.
- Move away from glass to the middle walls of the building.
- Remain aware! Severe weather can happen at any time. Utilizing Warrior Alert will ensure you are up-to-date on any severe weather alerts.
- In the case that severe weather is in the area and danger is possible, please follow protocol and move to your safe place.
- In any case that severe weather is in the area, please do not attempt to leave in your vehicle. Stay in your safe place.
- Don’t panic.
- Make sure you are in a safe position to offer help. Do not attempt to assist victims if you are in danger (for example, the building is on fire, traffic has not been controlled, or guns are being fired, etc.)
- Call 911 or your local emergency services quickly. Know emergency numbers such as 0 or 911. Be sure to give your name, location, and the number of people involved and describe the problem.
- Don’t panic. Keep a cool head and concentrate on getting to safety.
- If you’re trapped in a room, stay near the floor. If you can’t get out through the window, open it both from the bottom (to let you breathe) and from the top (to let out the smoke).
- Feel any door in your path with your hand. If it’s hot, don’t open it. If it’s cool, open it slowly and stay behind it. If you feel heat or pressure coming through the door, slam it shut.
- If you must pass through a smoke-filled area, crawl along the floor where the air is clearer.