This is an important concept in responding to a violent incident on campus. If a community member is involved in a situation where they feel threatened or are in danger it is always best to move to a place of safety whenever possible. In instances where a person or persons are perpetrating violence against members of the College community (i.e. an active shooter) it may not be safe to move from one location to another place of safety. In such instances it may be possible to make your location safer by “sheltering- in-place,” by taking the following measures:
- Lock and barricade door. Use a wooden or rubber door wedge, if it is not possible to secure the door.
- Turn off lights.
- Close blinds.
- Block windows.
- Keep out of sight and take adequate cover/protection (i.e. concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets).
- Turn off radios and computer monitors.
- Silence cell phones.
- Place signs in the room’s exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons to emergency responders. Keep occupants calm, quiet and out of sight.
- If faced with an imminent attack take any and all steps for protection.