During some emergencies, it may become necessary to "lockdown" the building to protect lives and minimize the overall exposure to danger. A lockdown can last from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the situation. You should follow your organization/school/business plan. Generally accepted guidelines are as follows.
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If Gunshots Are Heard
Inside Your Building
- Run - Run and escape if possible. After obtaining a safe distance away, call 911. Report location of shooter(s); number of shooter(s); physical description of the shooter(s); Number/type of weapons; Use of threat of explosives; and whether or not they are still shooting.
- Hide - Hide if escape is ill advised. Lay on the floor, using heavy objects such as tables, desks, or filing cabinets for protection. Barricade the door if in a closed space. Cover the windows; turn off the lights. Remain silent and stay in place.
- Fight - Fight, as a last resort and forced to. Look for something to use as a weapon. Negotiation is not an option. Disrupt or disable the attacker by any means necessary. Be aggressive; incapacitate the attacker; commit to your actions.
- Lock all interior area doors and windows; barricade the door, sit on the floor against the wall that is out of view from windows and doors, remain silent. Stay out of sight.
- Turn off all lights and if safe to do so
- Silence and turn off vibrate mode of phones and remain quiet.
- Do not permit entry or exit to anyone until the "all clear" has been given by official personnel.
- Use non-verbal communication to provide your status and location to First Responders, your chain of command, and loved ones.
- Do not pull or respond to the fire alarm unless instructed to do so by official, law enforcement personnel. Ignore fire alarms unless you are in danger by smoke and/or fire.
- Remain quiet and calm fellow co-workers.