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Active Shooter 

Active Shooter Protocol

Armed subject - any person(s) in possession of a firearm who intend to cause harm to others or are in the process of causing great bodily harm.

Response

A. If you are located in a building and it is possible to exit safely, follow these steps:

  • Exit the building as quickly as possible and away from the immediate path of danger.
  • Notify anyone you may encounter to exit immediately.
  • While exiting, do not run in a straight line. If possible, use walls, furniture or other objects to block you from the armed subject.
  • Once outside do not run in a straight line. Use trees, vehicles or other objects to block you from view.
  • When you are away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way possible and warn others.
  • If communication is possible, call Fayette Police, ext.6-911, or Upper Iowa Security, ext. 5372, providing specific information on your location, the number of armed subjects and persons who may be involved, injuries, etc.
  • Take protective cover. Stay there until assistance arrives.

B. If you are located in a building and exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

  • Go to the nearest room or office. Do not stay in an open hallway.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm as this may signal occupants to evacuate the building and thereby be put in harm’s way.
  • Close and lock the door.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Barricade yourself in the room with furniture or anything else to secure the door
  • Seek protective cover. Stay low to the floor.
  • Close the blinds (if possible) then stay away from windows.
  • Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room. Turn off or silence any electronic equipment that may make noise.
  • Do not answer the door.
  • If communication is possible from an on-campus phone, call Fayette Police, ext. 6-911, or Upper Iowa Security, ext. 5372, providing specific information on your location, the number of armed subjects and persons who may be involved, injuries, etc.
  • If using a cell phone, call 911 or Upper Iowa Security, 563-425-5372. It would be recommended to pre-program these numbers into your cell phone.
  • Wait for the local Police or Campus Security to assist you out of the building.

C. If the shooter enters your classroom or work area:

  • Remain calm. Do not provoke the shooter.
  • Do not make eye contact but comply with any requests.
  • Only speak when spoken to.
  • Be observant of details.

D. If you are located outside a building and it appears that you can get away safely, follow these steps:

  • Run away from the threat as fast as you possibly can.
  • Do not run in a straight line. Use buildings, trees, vehicles or other
    objects to block you from view.
  • When you are away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way possible and warn others.
  • If communication is possible, call Fayette Police, 911 or Upper Iowa
    Security, ext. 5372, providing specific information on your location, the number of armed subjects and persons who may be involved, injuries, etc.
  • Take protective cover. Stay there until assistance arrives.

E. If you are located outside a building and running away is not a safe option, consider one of the following recommendations:

  • Quickly assess the area and find a good place to hide.
  • If death or serious physical injury is being caused to others and you 
    are unable to run or hide, you can choose to play dead among the victims.
  • You can fight back. This is dangerous, but in some situations it might be the only option.
  • If you are caught by an armed subject and are not going to fight back, do not look your captor in the eyes and obey all commands.
  • Once the local Police or Campus Security arrives, follow their instructions.

F. What to expect from police officers:

  • Do not run up to them. Stay in your location and show your hands. Their first priority will be to find the assailant to stop any further shooting.
  • Give as accurate information as you have. Description of person (name if you know the person), apparel, gun, and any other details you remember.
  • Stay in your hiding spot until someone returns and notifies you that all is clear.
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