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What to Do in an Emergency Lockdown

When directed in an emergency, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Lockdown Procedures can be found on your Rave Guardian App!
  • Remain calm. Encourage others to remain calm.
  • Lock or barricade all doors if possible. Use furniture or desks as cover.
  • If possible, cover any windows or openings that have a direct line of sight into a hallway.
  • Shut the blinds, or pull the shades down. Turn off the lights, and try to give the impression that the room is empty.
  • Stay low, away from windows and doors.
  • Sit on the floor, or crouch under or behind desks and bookshelves to be as invisible as possible.
  • Put all cell phones into vibrate or silent mode.  
  • Call Security only if new or specific information becomes available regarding the location or conduct of the intruder or if the status of the emergency changes.
  • Be as quiet as possible.
  • DO NOT respond to anyone at the door until an "all clear" emergency alert signals “all clear.”  Emergency alerts include text messages, emails, phone messages or messages flashed on college-owned computer screens.
  • If police enter your secured area and direct you to leave, assist others in moving as quietly and quickly as possible.
  • Do not pull the fire alarm in the building unless there is a fire. People may be in danger when attempting to evacuate the building. If a fire alarm does go off during a lockdown, do not evacuate unless you smell smoke or see fire in your area.
  • If you are outside a building when a lockdown is announced, if it is safe to do so, run into the nearest building and follow the above instructions. If it is not safe to run into a building, hide behind a large heavy object (i.e. vehicle, tree). Notify Security of your location when it is safe to do so.
  • Be aware of alternate exits in case it becomes necessary to evacuate.
  • Individuals should not attempt to leave a building until told to do so by police or an “all clear” emergency alert is issued by the College.
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