In the event of a police action, i.e. an "Active Shooter", it may become necessary to "Lockdown" the campus to limit access, protect occupants and minimize the overall exposure to danger.
A "Lockdown" is the temporary sheltering technique, 30 minutes to several hours, utilized to limit civilian exposure to an "Active Shooter" or similar incident. When alerted, occupants of any building within the subject area will lock all doors and windows not allowing entry or exit to anyone until the all clear have been sounded. This procedure converts any building into a large "Safe Room".
What will happen in the event of a hostile intruder?
The Director of Campus Safety and Security or his designee will evaluate the situation and take immediate action to protect life and property. Notifications to the Dean of Students and other officers of the college will follow as soon as the situation allows. You will be notified through portable PA system (bullhorn), telephones, in-person notification, E2Campus text, or College Public Address system.
Take the following action
When an intruder on campus is actively causing harm or the threat of imminent harm to people, you must immediately seek cover and call or contact the police, 911, and the College's Campus Safety and Security Department. Give as many details as possible relative to location, number of assailants, means of aggression (weapon), and other pertinent information.
What to do during a lockdown
Do not sound the fire alarm to evacuate the building. People may be placed in additional harm's way when they are attempting to evacuate the building. If a fire alarm does go off during a lockdown, do not evacuate unless you smell smoke.
Be aware of alternate exits if it becomes necessary to flee. Persons should lock themselves in classrooms, resident rooms, and offices as a means of protection.
Persons should stay low, away from windows and barricade their door(s) if possible and use furniture or desks as cover.
Cover any windows or openings that have a direct line of sight into the hallway.
Shut the blinds or pull the shades down. Turn off the lights, become totally silent and try to give the impression that the room is empty.
Silence your cell phones, including turning off the vibrate function.
Students and staff should not attempt to leave the building until told to do so by security or police personnel.
If you are outside of a building when a lockdown is announced, if it is safe to do so, run into the nearest building and follow the above lockdown instructions. If it is not safe to run into a building, hide behind a large heavy object (i.e. vehicle, tree) or run in the opposite direction of the hostile activity.
Courses of Action in an Active Shooter Situation:
- Move quickly; don’t wait for others to validate your decision.
- Leave belongings behind.
- Survival chances increase the farther you are from the shooter.
- Inform authorities.
- Call 9-1-1 and tell them name of shooter (if known), shooter description, location and the number and type of weapons. Do not hang up on the police until told to do so. Next call MC Safety and Security at extension 7300 from a MC phone or (310) 261-6150 from an outside phone.
If unable to get out because shooter is between you and the only exit, hide.
- Hiding place should be well hidden and well protected.
- Avoid places that might trap you or restrict movement.
- Find a room that can be locked with objects to hide behind.
- Blockade door with heavy furniture.
- Turn out lights; become totally silent.
- Silence noise-producing devices. (i.e. cell phones, iPads etc.)
- Call 9-1-1 (if you can do so without alerting the shooter).
- If there are two or more of you, DO NOT huddle together. It gives you options and makes it harder for the shooter.
- Quietly develop a plan of action in the event the shooter enters.
- Remain calm. To keep others focused on survival.
Take Out - Last Resort
- Assume shooter’s intentions are lethal.
- You believe the shooter will kill or continue killing, UNLESS you intervene.
- Develop a mindset that you have. “what it takes” to survive when your life is on the line.
- Be prepared to do whatever it takes to neutralize the threat.
- Throw things, distract, use improvised weapons.
- Make a plan to overcome the shooter if you see it as the only option.
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