Active Shooter On Campus
The Idaho State University Public Safety Department would like to remind the campus community that active shooter events are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Individuals who survive an active shooter event generally have a "survival mentality." Here are some tips to help you develop survival skills:
- When you hear gun shots, don't second guess the situation
- Always know multiple exit points in any building or business you enter
- Get out if an escape route is available
- Leave regardless of whether others agree to follow
- Leave your belongings behind
- Help others to escape if possible
- Keep your hands visible to law enforcement
- If leaving is not possible, find a location to hide or remain where you are
- Lock or barricade the door, turn off the lights, stay out of the shooter's view
- Hide behind large items
- Silence your cell phone and keep quiet
- Start making a plan for getting out or fighting it out
FIGHT IT OUT!
- As a last resort when getting out and hiding out are not safe options, you will need to disrupt and incapacitate the shooter.
- Use improvised weapons such as a fire extinguisher - discharge or throw
- Make a plan and assign roles (some yell & scream, others throw backpacks/books, someone discharge fire extinguisher, several grab for the weapon, etc
- Be intentional and use aggression
- Fully commit to your actions and surviving
Faculty and staff must be cognizant that students are likely to follow their lead in an active shooter event.
The purpose of ALICE is to prepare individuals to handle the threat of an Active Shooter. ISU now subscribes to ALICE Training. Learn more at alicetraining.com.
To make it easy to remember in a stressfull situation, ALICE is broken up into five strategies: Alert; Lockdown; Inform; Counter and Evacuate
- Alert: Initial alert may be gunshot, PA announcement, etc. Avoid code words.
- Lockdown: If evacuation is not a safe option, barricade entry points. Prepare to evacuate or counter if needed.
- Inform: Communicate real time information on shooter location. Use clear and direct language using any communications means possible.
- Counter: As a last resort, distract shooter's ability to shoot accurately. Move toward exits while making noise, throwing objects or adults swarm the shooter.
- Evacuate: Run from danger when safe to do so using non-traditional exits if necessary. Rallying points should be pre-determined.
Public Safety is available to provide active shooter survival training to individual departments and divisions. Ideally, this can be accomplished in a 15-20 minute presentation during regularly scheduled department and division meetings. After the presentation, a walk-through can be conducted of specific offices and classrooms to discuss escape routes and barricade options. Please give us a call at 282-2515 to schedule a presentation.