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Emergency Information : Responding to an Active Shooter
 
Responding to an Active Shooter on Campus
An active shooter is a person who is actively threatening lives or apparently prepared to threaten lives in a populated area. In most cases active shooters use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. These dynamic situations evolve rapidly, demanding immediate deployment of law enforcement resources to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to innocent victims. Below are guidelines for faculty, staff and students who may be caught in an active shooter situation, and describes what to expect from responding police officers.

The main goals are to remain calm and use these guidelines to help you plan a strategy for survival.

If an active shooter is outside your building:
  1. Proceed to a room that can be locked.
  2. Close and lock all the windows and doors, and turn off all of the lights.
  3. If possible, get everyone down on the floor where no one is visible from outside the room.
  4. Have one person in the room call 911, advise the dispatcher of what is taking place and inform the dispatcher of your location.
  5. Remain in place until the police, or a campus administrator known to you, gives the “all clear.”
IMPORTANT: 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 the source.

If an active shooter is in the same building with you:
  1. Lock the room you are in, if possible.
  2. Turn off all of the lights.
  3. If possible, get everyone down on the floor where no one is visible from outside the room.
  4. Have one person in the room call 911, advise the dispatcher of what is taking place, and inform the dispatcher of your location.
  5. Remain in place until the police, or a campus administrator known to you, gives the “all clear.”
IMPORTANT: 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 the source.

If an active shooter enters your office or classroom:
  1. Try to remain calm.
  2. Dial 911, 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 because 911 can often determine a location with a caller speaking.
  3. If there is absolutely no opportunity to escape or hide, and you cannot communicate, it might be possible to negotiate with the shooter; attempting to overpower the shooter with force should be considered a last resort, after all other options have been exhausted.
  4. 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 shooter situation
  1. Do not attempt to carry anything while fleeing.
  2. Move quickly, keep your hands visible and follow the instructions of any police officers you may encounter.
  3. Do not attempt to remove injured people. Instead, leave wounded victims where they are and notify authorities of their location as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT: Before any emergency occurs, become familiar with the buildings you frequent. Make sure you have an escape route and plan ahead for how you could respond.

Do not try to drive off campus until advised it is safe to do so by police or campus administrators.

What to expect from responding police officers
Police officers responding to an active shooter are trained to proceed immediately to the area in which shots were last heard. Their purpose is to stop the shooting as quickly as possible.

The first responding officers will normally be in teams of four. They may be dressed in regular patrol uniforms, or they may be wearing external bulletproof vests, Kevlar helmets and other tactical equipment.

The officers may be armed with rifles, shotguns or handguns and might be using pepper spray or tear gas to control the situation. Regardless of how they appear, remain calm, do as the officers tell you and do not be afraid of them. Put down any bags or packages you may be carrying and keep your hands visible at all times. If you know where the shooter is, tell the officers.

The first officers to arrive will not stop to aid injured people. Rescue teams composed of other officers and emergency medical personnel will follow behind the first officers to treat and remove injured people.

Keep in mind that even once you have escaped to a safer location, the entire area is still a crime scene. Police personnel will usually not let anyone leave until the situation is fully under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned. Until you are released, remain at whatever assembly point authorities designate.

Sources: Indiana University Police Department, which adapted the information from Miami University. Miami created this information from its training events.


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