IF AN ACTIVE THREAT IS OUTSIDE YOUR BUILDING YOUR BEST OPTION MAY BE TO SHELTER IN PLACE:
- Proceed to a room that can be locked, barricaded, or secured in some way; close and lock all the windows and doors; and turn off all the lights.
- Hide under a desk, in a closet, or in the corner; 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/text 911, advise the dispatcher of what is taking place, and inform him/her of your location.
- Remain in place until the police, or a campus administrator known to you, gives the “all clear”. Unfamiliar voices may be the threat 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.
- After getting to a safe location and without jeopardizing your safety, try and obtain additional clarifying information by all possible means (e.g. Text, Purdue Campus Status webpage, TV, radio, email, etc.)
- It would be useful to have a cell phone, hard-wired telephone, or computer system in the shelter location to assist in obtaining additional information as well as being able to report any life- threatening conditions.
- Report any suspicious activity if you can do so without jeopardizing your safety…Call/Text 911 if possible.
- Normally, police department personnel or the All Hazards Sirens will be the notification method.
IF AN ACTIVE THREAT IS IN THE SAME BUILDING:
- Determine if the room you are in can be locked and if so, follow the same procedure described in the previous paragraph.
- If your room can’t be locked, determine if there is a nearby location that can be reached safely and secured, or if you can safely exit the building.
- If you decide to move from your current location, be sure to follow the instructions outlined below.
IF AN ACTIVE THREAT ENTERS YOUR OFFICE OR CLASSROOM:
- Try to remain calm.
- Call/Text 911, if possible, and alert police to the location of the threat; if you can’t speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can listen to what’s taking place. Normally the location of a 911 call can be determined without speaking.
- You have options. You can make attempts to:
- RUN, HIDE, FIGHT
- RUN: Escape the area of threat
- HIDE: Seek cover and/or concelment
- FIGHT: Overpower or distract with force (should be considered a very last resort)
- If the threat leaves the area, proceed immediately to a safer place and do not touch anything that was in the vicinity of the threat.
UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES:
- If you decide to flee during an active threat situation, make sure you have an escape route and plan in mind.
- Do not 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.