ACTIVE SHOOTER

IF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS OUTSIDE YOUR BUILDING YOUR BEST OPTION MAY BE TO SHELTER IN PLACE:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. One person in the room should call 911, advise the dispatcher of what is taking place, and inform him/her of your location.
  4. 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.
    1. Do not respond to any voice commands until you can verify with certainty that they are being issued by a police officer.
  5. 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.)
    1. 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.
  6. Report any suspicious activity if you can do so without jeopardizing your safety…Call 911 if possible.
  7. Normally, police department personnel or the All Hazards Sirens will be the notification method.

IF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN THE SAME BUILDING:

  1. Determine if the room you are in can be locked and if so, follow the same procedure described in the previous paragraph.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  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. Normally the location of a 911 call can be determined without speaking.
  3. You have options. You can make attempts to:
    1. Hide and shelter in place
    2. Escape
    3. Negotiate with the shooter
    4. Overpower the shooter with force (should be considered a very last resort)
  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.

UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES:

  1. If you decide to flee during an active shooting situation, make sure you have an escape route and plan in mind.
  2. Do not carry anything while fleeing; 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.

ACTIVE SHOOTER