Active Shooter

Active Shooter Checklist

Campus Response Checklist
Active Shooter Incident

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Escape quickly if you can safely do so and encourage other to do the same.

Securing the Area:

  • Lock and barricade doors.
  • Turn off lights.
  • Close blinds.
  • Block windows.
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors.
  • Keep calm, quiet and out of sight.
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection, i.e. concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets (cover may protect you from bullets).
  • Silence cell phones.
  • Place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons.

Un-Securing an Area:

  • Do NOT un-secure rooms until police authorization.
  • Remember, a shooter(s) may not stop until engaged by an outside force.
  • Attempts to rescue people should only be attempted if it can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area.
  • Consider the safety of as many people as possible.
  • If in doubt , you should remain secured in your area until proper notification is issued.

Contacting Authorities:

  • Use Emergency 911
  • 860-465-5310 Police (non-emergency line)
  • (ECSU Police email)
    • Be aware that the 911 system will likely be overwhelmed. Program the ECSU Police main line (465-5310) into your cell phone for emergency use or consider e-mail. E-mail may be an option if you are unable to speak.
    • E-mail is monitored by police personnel.

What to Report:

  • Your specific location – building name and office/room number.
  • Number of people at your specific location.
  • Injuries- number injured types of injuries.
  • Assailant(s)- location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons (long gun or hand gun), backpack, shooter’s identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc.

Police Response:

  • Objective is immediately to engage assailant(s).
  • Evacuate victims.
  • Facilitate follow up medical care, interviews, counseling.
  • Investigation.

ECSU Police Department May 2016