Procedures for an Active Attacker
An active-attacker situation can cause disbelief, panic, and disorientation. Knowing what to do in advance increases your chance of surviving. Here are three reactions and instructions to follow.
Follow these instructions if you choose to run:
- If there is an accessible escape path, use it.
- Move away from the threat as quickly as possible.
- Evacuate the building, regardless if others agree.
- Leave your belongings behind.
Follow these instructions if you choose to hide:
- If evacuating the building is not possible, find a secure place to hide and barricade your space.
- Take shelter in a room, closet, or other space.
- Lock and secure doors; turn off the lights; stay away from the door.
- Spread out from others so that you are not clustered in the same space.
- Call 911 or 9-911 if it is possible to do so safely.
- Create barriers to prevent or slow down the threat from getting to you.
- Remain out of sight and quiet (remember to silence your phone).
- Stay in place until cleared to do otherwise by emergency personnel
Follow these instructions if you choose to fight:
- As a last resort—and only when your life is in imminent danger—attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active attacker.
- Incorporate a distraction (throw items and yell loudly).
- Commit to your actions (be aggressive and use improvised weapons).
- Disarm the attacker (solicit help, there is strength in numbers).
Nonemergency Contact Information
University Police: 260-481-6827
Radiologic and Environmental Management: 260-481-4193
Facilities Management: 260-481-6832
If you are outdoors and hear a siren, go indoors. If you are indoors and hear a siren, go outdoors.
Run, hide, fight
Leave the building. If evacuation is not possible, hided in a concealed place.
Lock and barricade door, turn off the lights.
Wait for law enforcement.
As a last resort, overpower the attacker.