Lock Down Procedures

Potential “LOCK DOWN” scenarios:

  1. An active shooter in progress on campus.
  2. Hazardous Materials exposure
  3. Chemical weapons attack
  4. Pandemic-contagious medical outbreak
  5. Severe Weather (refer to Severe Weather section)

LOCK DOWN will begin from the incident's “hot zone”  until the entire campus is locked-down.

  1. Lock-Down will radiate from the “hot zone” until the complete campus is locked-down.
  2. Building lock-down requirements

A.  Communications with campus:Campus Safety and Police will provide the campus with instructions for appropriate actions.

  1. Audible alerts from police vehicles using public address systems.
  2. Elon’s telephone switch will simultaneously  alert campus.
  3. E-Net posting the alert.
  4. All User email alert.
  5. Campus digital signage will carry alert.
  6. Student Life to notify Resident Life staff.
  7. Alert WSOE for broadcast if necessary.
  8. Desktop alerts
  9. The University Emergency Response Team will be assembled in the designated Command Center.

B.  Physical locking of buildings

  1. Campus Safety and Police will secure exterior doors that have card swipe capabilities.
  2. Campus Safety and Police will be responsible to secure exterior doors of buildings without card swipe capabilities, beginning at the "hot zone".
  3. Invoking police mutual aid agreement vehicle access and egress will be blocked.

Tips for survival during an Active Shooter Scenario

  1. When an active shooter is in your vicinity
    1. Evacuate if possible and it is safe to do so:
      1. Have an escape route and plan in place, leave your belongings behind, & keep your hands visible
    2. Hide if you cannot evacuate safely:
      1. If you cannot get out safely - hide in an area out of the shooter’s view, find a room that locks or has items to hide behind– avoid places that trap or restrict your movement – if there are two or more of you spread out
      2. Block entry to your hiding place, lock and/or barricade doors, silence your cell phone and/or pager
    3. Take action as a last resort:
      1. As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter – make a plan and act as a team to overcome the shooter
      2. Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter – throw, yell, use improvised weapons
        CALL 911 WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO
  2. When Law Enforcement Arrives
    1. Remain calm and follow instructions
    2. Put down any items in your hands
    3. Raise hands, spread fingers, and keep hands visible at all times
    4. Avoid quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety
    5. Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling and don’t stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating
  3. Information to Provide to Law Enforcement or 911 Operator
    1. Location of the active shooter and number of shooters
    2. Physical description of shooters and number and type of weapons held by shooters
    3. Number of potential victims at the location

Always take note of nearest exits in any facility and be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
(SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY http://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness)