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.
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.
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.
Prepare in advance; know where to go and how to get there; locate the manual fire alarm and extinguisher closest to you. Your own common sense is the finest safety device ever developed . . . Above all, remember to use your head.
When the Alarm Sounds:
If You Discover a Fire:
RESCUE anyone in immediate danger.
ALERT people of the fire by activating the nearest fire alarm.
CONFINE the fire by closing all doors and windows.
EVACUATE the building.
The major cause of death during a fire is smoke inhalation. Familiarize yourself with your everyday surroundings. Know in advance how many doors you will have to pass along your evacuation route before you reach the nearest exit door. If heavy smoke is present, the exit signs above the doors may be obscured. Knowing in advance how many doors you must pass will allow you to crawl or crouch low while counting the number of doors, so you will know when you reach the exit door (even if you can’t see that it is the exit.)
Using a Fire Extinguisher:
If safe to do so, attempt to extinguish a small contained fire with a fire extinguisher. Do this only if you can do so safely. If there is any doubt, evacuate. To properly use a fire extinguisher, remember PASS:
Remember, time is always of the essence since many fire extinguishers have a limited operation time of 8-45 seconds.
Always know your escape route. Keep your back to the exit and never let the fire get between you and the exit.
If Trapped in a Room:
1. Put a wet cloth under the door to prevent smoke from entering the room.
2. Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
3. Call Security (336-841-9111) and provide your exact location.
4. Be prepared to signal to someone outside.
5. Cover your face with a wet cloth to protect against smoke inhalation, and stay low to the ground.
A bomb threat is assumed to be real and should be reported immediately. If you receive a threat of any kind, immediately call Security at 336-841-9111. Security will contact police and begin a preliminary investigation.
Bomb threats are typically received via phone, sometimes by note or letter. Most bomb threats are made by individuals wanting to create an atmosphere of anxiety and panic – but all calls must be taken seriously. While no actual explosive device has ever been discovered in an education setting through someone making a direct threat one cannot assume it is simply a hoax.
If you receive a threatening call, remain calm and keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Write down as much detail about the call as possible (including a description of the caller’s voice, tone, background noise, caller ID). Have a friend of coworker contact Security.
If You Receive a Suspicious Package:
Contact HPU Security at 336-841-9111 or extension 9111 if you receive or discover a suspicious package. DO NOT use a cell phone.
Do not investigate the package on your own. Do not shake or bump the package or letter – isolate the package. Calmly alert others in the area and exit. Wash your hands after handling any suspicious letters or packages.