Crisis Protocol: Active Shooter
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:
- Have multiple escape routes in mind from the areas you frequent.
- If there is an escape route attempt to evacuate even if others will not go.
- Leave your belongings behind.
- If possible help others to evacuate with you.
- Prevent others from entering the areas.
- Keep your hands visible.
- Call Public Safety at 313-993-1123 when you are safe.
2. HIDE OUT
- Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view.
- Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
- Turn off the lights to the room.
- Silence your cell phone.
- Hide behind large objects.
- Remain very quiet.
3. TAKE ACTION FIGHT
- As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
- Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter.
- Improvise weapons and act with physical aggression.
- Commit to your actions.
- Remain calm and follow instructions.
- Put down any objects in your hands (i.e. bags, jackets)
- Raise your hands and spread your fingers.
- Keep your hands visible at all times.
- Avoid quick movements towards the officers such as holding on to them for safety.
- Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling.
- Do not stop to ask officers for help while evacuating.
- Know that help for the injured is on the way.
- 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.
- Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
- DO NOT return to the building until the Department of Public Safety announces the all clear.
- The Building Coordinator will assist in accounting for all building occupants.
- If requested, assist emergency crews as much as necessary.
- A campus emergency command post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have official business.
- Location of the active shooter
- Number of shooters
- Physical description of shooters
- Number and type of weapons held by shooters
- Number of potential victims at the location