It's in the news,and it's on everyone's mind. What do we do if it happens here? The link below to a video recently produced by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. It dramatizes an active shooter incident in the workplace. Its purpose is to educate the public regarding how to respond during such an incident. Warning: The initial sequence in this video may be disturbing.
Video and Transcript: Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event
In the event of an active shooter on either campus, the College will issue an emergency alert placing the College in lockdown.
What to Do in an Emergency Lockdown
When directed in an emergency, please follow the guidelines below:
- 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.
- When leaving the area, keep your hands free and empty.