IF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER 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 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 shooter 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. Purdue Homepage, 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 911 if possible.
- Normally, police department personnel or the All Hazards Sirens will be the notification method.
IF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER 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 SHOOTER ENTERS YOUR OFFICE OR CLASSROOM:
- Try to remain calm.
- 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. Normally the location of a 911 call can be determined without speaking.
- You have options. You can make attempts to:
- Hide and shelter in place
- Negotiate with the shooter
- Overpower the shooter with force (should be considered a very last resort)
- 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.
UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES:
- If you decide to flee during an active shooting 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.