Preparedness is critical to surviving an emergency situation. The Florida Poly Police Department offers the following steps to take in the event of an active shooter incident.

Secure Immediate Area:

  • Lock and barricade doors.
  • Turn off lights.
  • Close blinds.
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors.
  • Keep people in the room calm, quiet and out of sight.
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover and protection (i.e. concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets). Cover may protect you from bullets.
  • Silence all cell phones.
  • Place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons.

Un-Securing an Area:

  • Consider the risks before un-securing rooms.
  • Remember, the shooter will not stop until he/she is engaged by an outside source.
  • Attempts to rescue people should only be made if it can be accomplished without further endangering the people inside a secured area.
  • If the safety of individuals inside a room is at risk, the area should remain secured.

Contacting Authorities:

  • Emergency: 911
  • University Police: 863.874.8472

What to Report:

  • Your specific location, including building name and office/room number
  • Number of people at your specific location
  • Injuries – number of injured and types of injuries
  • Assailant(s):
    • Location
    • Number of suspects
    • Race
    • Gender
    • Clothing description
    • Physical features
  • Additional Information:
    • Types of weapon(s) (e.g. long gun or handgun)
    • Shooter’s Identity (if already known)
    • Explosions

Police Response:

Here are the priorities of responding police:

  • Immediately isolate/engage assailant(s)
  • Evacuate victims
  • Facilitate follow-up medical care, interviews, counseling, etc.
  • Investigation

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