Emergency Preparedness

Lockdown

Used for imminent threat of violence or personal harm and when it is more dangerous to evacuate the building or area. If you become aware of a potential or imminent threat of violence, immediately notify the Department of Public Safety.

  • If you can, notify others in your department of the situation and immediately secure yourself in the nearest office, classroom, or other space that has a door that can be closed.
  • Silence your cell phone.
  • If possible, lock or barricade the door.
  • Close windows, pull shades, or close blinds.
  • If practical, turn off all lights and remain quiet to give the appearance of an unoccupied space.
  • Crouch down near the floor, away from windows and doors.
  • Do not open the door, unless you received a text alert, or know it is the police.

Important  - If you are locked-down as a result of an imminent threat of violence or personal harm do not immediately evacuate upon hearing a fire alarm—this could be ploy to get people
into the open.

If the fire alarm system is activated do not leave the building unless:

  • You have first-hand knowledge that there is smoke or a fire in the building.
  • You are in imminent danger.
  • You have been advised to evacuate by a police officer.