Active shooter safety tips

ASU Police encourage students to stay safe and informed

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On October 12, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley

The ASU police department encourages students to stay updated and follow directions in the event of an active shooter.

Pay attention to ASU Alerts and follow the directives, Chief of University Police James Adams said.

During an active shooter scenario, proper reaction is dependent upon the situation and a number of circumstances, but the general concept is run, hide or fight.

"The best option for survival is to escape," the ASU Police Department said.

If a person does escape the area, they should notify others and call the University Police.

Callers should be prepared to give details on the location, shooter, weapons and casualties.

If exiting the area is not possible, the facility should implement lockdown procedures.

Those in danger should move to the nearest room that can be secured and lock doors and windows, close blinds or curtains and seek protective cover behind large furniture.

During lockdown, all devices that emit light or sound should be turned off, do not answer the door or verbal inquiries, call University Police to provide information, reassure others and assist the injured.

After lockdown, wait for police to respond or "all clear" to be issued before exiting room.

If the shooter is encountered and you cannot escape, do not make sure others and assist the injured.

After lockdown, wait for police to respond or "all clear" to be issued before exiting room.

If the shooter is encountered and you cannot escape, do not make sudden movements or do anything to provoke the shooter and always respond to the shooter when questioned.

ASU PD says physical attack should be a last resort to preserve your life or the lives of others.

"The way the officers are trained, and we’ve trained mutually with our department at Texas Tech, the officers first mission is to go where the shots are being fired, find the person who’s doing the shooting, and to neutralize the shooter," Adams said. "While that’s taking place, it’s important to let the campus know what’s going on and to give them direction on how they should respond."

Students should calmly approach police officers and expect to be searched.

Adams said ASU Alerts are the best way for students to stay informed.

Students can log into their RamPort to subscribe to ASU Alerts and update their information.

"Always report anything that you see that’s suspicious," Adams said.

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