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Active Shooter Situation

The following information will provide people in our college campus community with options if they ever find themselves in a situation such as an active shooter situation, or where someone is wanting to cause them harm; and providing the options so that they can make a quick decision. A response to an active shooter is one of the most stressful situations that anyone will ever face. Prior to the arrival of campus law enforcement and police officers, how you respond to an active shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the situation, keeping in mind there could be more than one shooter involved in the same situation. If you find yourself in an active shooter situation, try to remain as calm as possible and use these are only suggested options to help you plan a strategy for life survival.

Active Shooter Outside Building

  • Go to a room that can be locked or barricaded by using available material.
  • Close the window blinds, turn off the lights and get everyone down of the floor so that no one is visible from outside the room.
  • Spread out and seek concealment behind walls, desks, file cabinets, etc.
  • Have someone call 9-1-1.
  • When you reach the dispatcher, describe the situation and give your name and location; remain in place until police give 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 campus law enforcement officers or police officers.

 Active Shooter Inside Building

  • If possible, secure the room you are in by either locking or barricading the door using available material and follow the same procedures described above.
  • If you cannot secure the room, determine if there is a nearby location that you are able to reach safely and then secure or if you can safely exit the building.Active Shooter Inside Room.

 Active Shooter Inside Room

  • If the active shooter enters your office or classroom, there are no set procedures. The decision to flee or seek shelter inside the room can only be made by you and is dependent upon the circumstances.
  • Try to remain calm; it will aid you in decision making.
  • Call 911 if possible, and alert police to the shooter’s location.
  • If you can’t speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is taking place. Usually the location of a caller can be determined without speaking.
  • If there is absolutely no opportunity of escape or concealment and the shooter is not actively firing on victims it might be possible to negotiate with the shooter.
  • If the shooter has fired on victims you are faced with a life or death situation; only you can consider your next course of action.
  • After all other options have been exhausted, you may be faced with the decision to overpower the shooter with force by whatever means necessary.

 Active Shooter Leaves Room

  • If the shooter leaves the area and the environment appears safe, proceed immediately to a safer place.
  • Do not touch anything that was in the area of the shooter because of the possibility of explosives being left and the destruction of crucial evidence.

What Should You Do?

  • Make sure you have an escape route in mind.
  • Do not attempt to carry anything in your hands while fleeing; move quickly
  • Keep your hands visible, and follow instructions given by any campus law enforcement officers or police officers you may encounter.
  • If you know where the shooter is located, tell the officers.
  • Remain at the designated assembly point until you have been released.
  • Do not drive off campus until told it is safe to do so by campus law enforcement officers or police officers.

 What Should You Expect?

  • Responding campus law enforcement officers or police officers are trained to proceed immediately to the area where the shots were last heard; their purpose is to stop the shooting as quickly as possible.
  • The first officers to arrive will not stop to aid injured victims; rescue teams composed of additional officers will follow the first team into secured areas and remove injured persons.
  • The first officers on the scene will likely be campus law enforcement officers. Depending on the situation, they may be joined by officers from the Dodge City Police Department and Ford County Sheriffs Department. They may be armed with rifles, shotguns or handguns. Do as the officers tell you and do not be afraid of them.