Office of Risk Management

Know what to do: Lockdown

BEFORE AN EMERGENCY
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and notice signs of danger in your area; you may have more time to react if you notice danger early.
  • If you are in a building, always notice the nearest exits.
  • If you are outside, always notice where you may conceal yourself or block yourself from the danger of a shooter.

YOUR CHOICES FOR RESPONDING

WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER OR ARMED INTRUDER IS IN YOUR IMMEDIATE AREA YOU WILL NEED TO ADAPT TO YOUR SPECIFIC SITUATION:

RUN – get away, if you can; help others to do so as you are able
  • Use your escape route
  • Warn others
  • Keep your hands visible (if you encounter Police, they need to see you don’t have a weapon).
HIDE – if the shooter or intruder is very near your area
  • Lock doors or block entry to your hiding area.
  • Hide in an area where the shooter cannot see you and use anything that may physically protect and conceal your body.
  • Turn out lights, silence phones, close blinds: make it look like no one is in your area.
HIDE – if the shooter or intruder is very near your area
  • Lock doors or block entry to your hiding area.
  • Hide in an area where the shooter cannot see you and use anything that may physically protect and conceal your body.
  • Turn out lights, silence phones, close blinds: make it look like no one is in your area.
FIGHT – as a last resort, when your life is in immediate danger
  • Find a place to stand where you may be able to startle the intruder or shooter.
  • Use anything that can be thrown at the intruder or used to knock them down or off balance.
  • Act with aggression when the intruder or shooter enters.
  • Look for an immediate opportunity to run away, once you have distracted or thrown the intruder off balance.
WHEN POLICE ARRIVE - Police have one job: to stop the shooter.
  • Remain calm and follow police instructions –you may be asked to evacuate
  • Keep your hands visible: raise your hands and spread your fingers
  • When asked, provide any facts that will help the police
  • Additional help for the injured will arrive after police have finished their work.