Hardin-Simmons University Emergency Desk Reference
Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
Act with physical aggression.
Commit to your actions.
When Law Enforcement arrives:
Remain calm and follow instructions.
Keep your hands visible at all times.
Avoid pointing or yelling.
Know that help is on the way for the injured.
There is a risk in doing something, but there is a greater risk in doing nothing.
Secure Immediate Area
Close and barricade doors.
Turn off lights.
Turn off radios and computer monitors.
Keep occupants calm, quiet and out of sight (away from windows).
Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection i.e. concrete walls, thick
desks, filing cabinets (cover may protect you from bullets).
Silence cell phones.
Place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons.
Un-securing an Area
Consider risks before un-securing rooms.
Remember, the shooter will not stop until they are engaged by an outside force.
Attempts to rescue people should only be attempted if it can be accomplished without
further endangering the persons in the area.
Consider the safety of many vs. the safety of few.
Do not leave the room unless instructed by emergency personnel.
When in a group only one person should be the designated caller to 911.
Be aware that the 911 system will likely be overwhelmed. Program the HSU Police
Department emergency line (325) 670-1461 into your cell phone for use.