Active Shooter Response for Students and Staff

The following information is used as basic guidance for the University Community if the worst were to happen.

 

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS

ON CAMPUS

(For students, faculty and staff)

 

QUICKLY DETERMINE THE MOST REASONABLE WAY TO PROTECT YOUR OWN LIFE.

INDIVIDUALS ARE MOST LIKELY TO FOLLOW THE LEAD OF AN ACTION-ORIENTED PERSON DURING AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION.

Video link:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0

 

1. EVACUATE

• Have an escape route and plan in mind

• Leave your belongings behind

• Keep your hands visible

 

2. HIDE OUT

• Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view

• Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors

 

3. TAKE ACTION

ONLY as a last resort and only when your life is in danger

• Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter

• Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter

 

*****CALL 4444 or 911 ONLY WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO*****

(University Police 4444 or 540-654-1025/ 911 Fredericksburg Police)

 

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES ON THE SCENE:

• Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions

• Immediately raise hands and spread fingers

• Keep hands visible at all times

• Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety

• Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling

• Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises

 

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD PROVIDE TO LAW

ENFORCEMENT OR THE EMERGENCY OPERATOR:

• Location of the active shooter

• Number of shooters, if more than one

• Physical description of shooter/s

• Number and type of weapon/s held by the shooter/s

• Number of potential victims at the location

 

AN ACTIVE SHOOTER MAY BE A CURRENT OR FORMER EMPLOYEE OR STUDENT. ALERT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES (CAPS) OR THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE IF AN EMPLOYEE OR STUDENT EXHIBITS POTENTIALLY VIOLENT BEHAVIOR.

 

INDICATORS OF POTENTIALLY VIOLENT BEHAVIOR MAY INCLUDE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:

• Increased use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs

• Unexplained increase in absenteeism, and/or vague physical complaints

• Depression/withdrawal

• Increased severe mood swings, and noticeably unstable or emotional responses

• Increasing talk of problems at home

• Increase in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms and other dangerous weapons and violent crimes