Crisis Protocol: Active Shooter

Definition

An active shooter incident takes place when one or more persons who are participating in a random of systematic shooting spree or other acts of violence, demonstrating intent to continuously harm others.  Active shooter events are unpredictable, dynamic, rapidly evolving, multi-variable situations requiring rapid response by law enforcement.  If UDM experiences an active shooter situation, you should take the following actions:

Procedure 

  1. Evacuate

  2. Hide Out

  3. Take Action
     

1. EVACUATE

  1. Have multiple escape routes in mind from the areas you frequent.
  2. If there is an escape route attempt to evacuate even if others will not go.
  3.  Leave your belongings behind.
  4. If possible help others to evacuate with you.
  5. Prevent others from entering the areas.
  6. Keep your hands visible.
  7. Call Public Safety at 313-993-1123 when you are safe.

 2. HIDE OUT

  1. Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view.
  2. Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
  3. Turn off the lights to the room.
  4. Silence your cell phone.
  5. Hide behind large objects.
  6. Remain very quiet.

3. TAKE ACTION FIGHT

  1. As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
  2. Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter.
  3. Improvise weapons and act with physical aggression.
  4. Commit to your actions. 
WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES
  1. Remain calm and follow instructions.
  2. Put down any objects in your hands (i.e. bags, jackets)
  3. Raise your hands and spread your fingers.
  4. Keep your hands visible at all times.
  5. Avoid quick movements towards the officers such as holding on to them for safety.
  6. Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling.
  7. Do not stop to ask officers for help while evacuating.
  8. Know that help for the injured is on the way.
WHEN YOU ARE SAFELY OUTSIDE
  1. Once outside, proceed to the Gathering Point identified for your building. If the Gathering Point is deemed unsafe, go to a safe location and call Public Safety for further information.
  2.  Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  3.  DO NOT return to the building until the Department of Public Safety announces the all clear.
  4.  The Building Coordinator will assist in accounting for all building occupants.
  5.  If requested, assist emergency crews as much as necessary.
  6.  A campus emergency command post may be set up near the emergency site.  Keep clear of the command post unless you have official business.
WHAT LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL NEED TO KNOW
  1. Location of the active shooter
  2. Number of shooters
  3. Physical description of shooters
  4. Number and type of weapons held by shooters
  5. Number of potential victims at the location