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Emergency Protocol Information

By Samantha Latos; News Editor
On February 23, 2018

Emergency Protocol Information

Samantha Latos

News Editor

slatos@plymouth.edu

If an event like the recent Florida shooting were to happen at Plymouth State University, the sirens would go off, and everyone would receive emergency alert texts. Both the University and Plymouth Police will immediately respond and protect us. However, situations involving active shooters tend to only last a few minutes. Before police arrive, it is important to take the proper steps.

Those who are outside when the sirens go o and the texts go out need to get inside and nd a room that can be locked. Those who are in dorms or other buildings, at the time, need to lock the doors. Those who are in hallways need to get into a room or an o ce, and lock the doors. Everyone should take note of the nearest exits, and be aware of their environments.

In the case of an active shooter on campus, Plymouth State University protocol is based on three steps: avoid, deny, and defend, according to the Emergency Protocol section of the University’s website.

The rst step, avoid, means evacuate. Run away and escape the dangerous area as soon as possible. Note the two nearest exits, and get out of there. Leave belongings behind, especially heavy objects like backpacks. No possession is worth your life. Do not make any drastic decisions or sudden moves. Always, always keep your hands visible, and listen to o cers. Once you get to an o cer, tell them everything you noticed, especially if you have information regarding the shooter’s location.

The second step, deny, means hide. If escape is not an option, then try to nd a good hiding spot. Lock and barricade doors by moving heavy cabinets and desks in front of them. Move away from all windows, pull any blinds or shades, and turn o all lights. Block the view from the windows, this may require using paper or clothing. It’s important that no one can be seen from outside the room. One of the most basic steps is to silence all electronics and cell phones. Stay down, and remain silent and out of sight. If it is possible, call 9-1-1 to alert authorities of the shooter’s location. If you cannot speak yourself, leave the dispatcher on the line so they can listen.

The third step, defend, is aggressively ghting the shooter as a last resort. Remember that playing dead is not an e ective plan. Taking action is wise when escaping and hiding are no longer options. Use objects around you to hit the shooter with, so that you can grab their weapon away from them. There is strength in numbers. If you see someone tackle the shooter, create a domino e ect and join together to get the shooter down.

If the shooter enters your room, be very still and quiet. When they leave, call 9-1-1 if possible. If not, try to move to another room. Leave any

injured people, and all possessions behind. Remember visitors will follow student and faculty examples, so following these steps can save many lives.

When talking to the University and Plymouth Police, report the nature and location of the incident, as well as descriptions of the people and property involved.

It is of paramount importance to report any and all suspicious activity on campus to University Police (603-536-1626 or 603-535-3535) or by dialing 9-1-1.

For more information, you can visit the Emergency Protocol tab, located at the bottom of the homepage at plymouth.edu or by visiting campus. plymouth.edu/emergency.

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