If you hear or observe gunfire (assume that any popping sound is gunfire) on or near campus, quickly assess the situation and decide on a course of action, from the options listed below, that will provide the greatest degree of security.
- Be vigilant — be aware of strange people or unusual events.
- Sound the alarm (if feasible) — let other know contact police.
- Get away from danger.
- Exit the area by any means possible.
- Know escape routes from your location.
- Decide to leave or shelter in place.
When you reach a safe location, call 911 and the college emergency number (978-837-5911). Do not assume that someone else has reported the emergency. The information that you are able to provide law-enforcement officers, e.g., number of shooters, physical description of shooter(s), number and type(s) of weapons and location of the shooter(s), may be critical.
If you are unable to exit the building, deny access to your location.
- Make it difficult to reach you.
- Barricade doors and darken windows.
- Put as many objects and locked doors in the way as you can.
- Stay out of site.
- Silence cell phones by placing them on vibrate to avoid attracting attention. Do not use cell phones except to report life-or-death situations inside the room or to report the location of the intruder(s).
- While in hiding, ignore fire alarms unless you see smoke or fire, in which case you must assess whether it is safer to remain in the room or expose yourself to possible outside danger.
- Instruct occupants not to shout at, point at or move toward officers who may enter the room, and to keep their hands visible to officers.
- The first group of responding law enforcement will not stop to assist you as they go through the building. Their priority is to move toward the sound of gunfire to neutralize the shooter.
- A second group of law enforcement officers sweeping the building are there to provide a secondary search and to acquire aid for injured persons.
- If you cannot leave, or the suspect is already in your area, defend yourself in any way possible. Find improvised weapons such as chairs, pipes, fire extinguishers, pencils, pens, feet and fists.
- Get as close as you can to the access point before the shooter enters.
- Try to get a hold of the shooter’s weapon and get it pointed away.
- Use a pack mentality and swarm the shooter.
- Don’t stop!
Keep the Following in Mind
- Hiding only works for so long.
- There are very few things that will stop a bullet in most locations.Have a survivor’s — not a victim’s — mindset.
- Getting shot does not mean that you are dead.
- Decide right now that you are going to do whatever it takes to survive.
- You can and must keep going.
- Remember: The suspect is trying to kill you!
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