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Emergency Information

Emergency Response Plans

Level 3: Active Shooter

Annex: Active Shooter Emergency Response Plan

Department: All Campus Departments

Departmental Emergency Contact: Campus Police

A. Purpose:

The potential for a shooting or a shooting in the workplace exists on every college campus throughout the United States. Although the possession of firearms on the campus is prohibited, their availability and past national shootings dictate the need for a response plan, in case a shooting or other violent attack occurs.

B. Priorities:

In the event this incident occurs, all faculty and staff may be requested to assist in the following:

  • Notify emergency response personnel as soon as possible and assist them in staging in a safe location
  • Follow the written Emergency Plan in rendering your classroom or area safe
  • Evacuate victims/potential victims away from the incident and to safe area if directed by emergency responders
  • When safe, evacuate victims/potential victims away from the incident and to a safe area and assist if requested to provide emergency medical care for injured.

C. Expectations for Employees:

Follow the written Emergency Plan and adhere to all directions given by emergency responders.

D. Communications:

Winthrop University may communicate with the campus community by any of the following means:

  1. ALERTUS Notification System – Beacons within campus buildings, also includes instant messaging system for the campus’ networked computers
  2. WU Alert - Blackboard Connect text/SMS and voice messages for all subscribers
  3. Email – Messages to faculty/staff/student distribution lists
  4. Web – Updates on and detailed information on
  5. Campus Alert Line – Recorded message on 803/323-2222 with detailed information, primarily for individuals without access to a mobile device, computer, etc.
  6. Face to Face – Direct contact by emergency responders
  7. Runner – Group contact by individuals moving from area to area
  8. Media - Communication via local radio and television stations

E. Responsibility and Control:

Emergency responders will have total control of the scene. If the situation dictates, the Incident Command System will be used as directed by the National Incident Management System.

The university also will assemble the Critical Incident Management Team to make university related decisions.

F. Emergency and Training Plans:

When the shooting begins or you are advised that a shooting on campus has taken place, you should do the following in any order or simultaneously:

  • Get everyone to lie down, away from windows or “fields of fire.”
  • Lock classroom doors if possible. If doors can’t be locked, barricade with desks or tables.
  • Close the blinds, turn off the lights, and stay on the floor. Do not peek out of the door or windows to see what is going on.
  • If in the hallway, look for an open room to hide.
  • When outdoors, get behind a tree, wall, or fence, lay down and wait for rescue.
  • If caught in an open parking lot, hide behind the front wheel/engine area.
  • Do not evacuate the building unless told to do so by emergency responders.
  • Call Campus Police at 803/323-3333 or 911. Do not hang up on the dispatcher until told to do so.
    The following information should be provided to the dispatcher:
    • Your name and exact location
    • The exact location of the suspect(s) including building, type of building, classroom, etc.
    • Describe the shooter if possible; clothing will help police locate.
    • Where is the shooter now? Where did you last see them? What is their direction of travel?
    • Type of weapon if known (rifle, shotgun, handgun, etc., or explosive devices).
    • Tell the dispatchers if there are injuries or if anyone needs medical attention.
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