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Emergency Lockdown Procedures

There are a number of emergency situations where the lockdown of a building and/or classroom will be advised – hostile intruder, active shooter, terrorist attack, etc. Should an emergency occur, lockdown will be announced by mass notification or other voice communication. This may include text message, email or even physical alerts to the site locations. If you find yourself in the middle of a life-threatening incident remember to follow ALICE:

  1. Alert- Notify authorities and those in harm’s way of the danger at hand.  It is important to be as clear and accurate with the information as possible.  Remember to identify yourself, your location, the suspect information, type of weapon, direction of travel and a call back number.  Don’t hang up unless your safety is compromised or you are directed to by the dispatcher.
  2. Lockdown - Shelter in place.  By locking down and barricading entry points, you are making yourself a hard target and creating a stronghold that nobody should be able to enter.  Only police personnel may enter a locked down room. 
  3. Inform- Give real-time updates.  This can be accomplished with things such as video surveillance equipment or public address systems.  Updates during a violent intruder incident allow you to make sound decisions about how to react and what steps, if any, to take next.  They can also act as good distracters for the intruder.
  4. Counter the attacker as a last resort and your life is at risk.  There have been instances where victims did not have the ability to lockdown or get out because the violent incident occurred right next to them or they were in an area that was not securable. There is also the possibility of the intruder breaching a secured area. If this is the situation then total commitment to countering the attacker is essential.  Many objects can be used as distraction devices, spread out, turn out the lights and be ready to cause confusion for the intruder and make yourself a hard target.
  5. Evacuate- Get out!!  Your goal here is to put as much time and distance as possible between you and the attacker.  Don’t use the same rally point as with a fire or earthquake drill, you will want to move much further away from this danger zone.

Remember, there are no guarantees in an active shooter/violent intruder situation, but just as in most other emergency situations the more you prepare, the better your chances of survival.