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Recent instances of campus violence across the country highlight the importance of creating a response and preparedness plan, and unfortunately illustrate that no campus is immune from the dangers from these acts of terror.

According to an FBI analysis, the average active shooter incident lasts 12 minutes with 37% of incidents lasting less than 5 minutes. Victims are often chosen at random.

In the event of an active shooter situation, your three courses of action are to RUN, HIDE or FIGHT.


RUN

  • If it is possible to get to a safe place away from the scene, DO SO IMMEDIATELY.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Help others escape, if possible.
  • Do not attempt to move the wounded.
  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Call 911 or 336-841-9111 when clear of the “hot zone” where the shooter is.

HIDE

  • If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the shooter is less likely to find you.
  • Your hiding place should be out of the shooter’s view and provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.
  • To prevent an active shooter from entering your location, lock the door and create a barricade with heavy furniture.
  • Silence your phone and turn off any TVs, radios or other electronic devices. Turn off the lights.
  • Hide behind large items like desks or cabinets, and remain quiet.

FIGHT

  • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible.
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter.
  • Commit to your actions . . . Your life depends on it.

WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES:

  Police officers will likely arrive in teams of four (4) and may push individuals down on the ground or out of the way. The first officers on scene will not stop to give first aid—their primary mission is to stop the shooter. Do not make sudden movements towards the initial responders.

   

 

  • Put down any items in your hands (bags, jackets, phones, etc.).
  • Immediately raise your hands and spread your fingers. Keep your hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid making any quick movements towards officers (such as attempting to hold onto them for safety).
  • Follow all commands given by officers.

 


IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

No accurate profile exists for active shooters; however, there are often warning signs displayed by the people who carry out these acts of terror. Warning signs may include paranoid or delusional ideas and statements, changes in personality and performance, increased isolation, “odd” or “bizarre” behavior, and interest in or acquisition of weapons.

Trust your instincts and suspicion. To report any suspicious behavior or concerns, call Security at (336) 841-9111, or fill out a campus crime stoppers tip online. You do not need to provide your name when contacting Security.

 

Contact Us

If you require emergency assistance:
  • Dial ext. 9111 from a campus phone
  • Call (336) 841-9111
  • Push the emergency call button on any C.A.R.E. point
Our non-emergency phone number is (336) 841-9112 or campus ext. 9112.

If you require immediate transportation assistance:
  • Dial ext. 9113 from a campus extension
  • Call (336) 841-9113
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