Response Guidelines for an Active Shooter

Secure immediate area

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

Contacting authorities

  • Use 911 (dialing 911 from a campus phone will connect you with NMU Public Safety)
  • Dialing 911 from a cell phone will connect with Marquette County Central Dispatch. Make sure to give the dispatcher your exact location
  • Dialing 227-2151 will contact you with central dispatch at NMU Public Safety (the non-emergency line)
  • Be aware that the 911 system will likely be overwhelmed
  • Program the NMU Public Safety and Police Services administrative line (227-2151) into your cell phone for emergency use

What to report:

  • Your specific location, in particular the building name and the office or room number
  • The number of people at your specific location
  • The number of injured persons and what types of injuries have been suffered
  • Provide as much of the following information as is known
    • assailant’s location
    • number of suspects
    • race
    • gender
    • clothing description
    • physical features
    • type of weapons (long gun or hand gun)
    • backpack type
    • shooter’s identity
    • type of incident – i.e. shooting or explosion

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 made if they can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area
  • Consider the safety of masses vs. the safety of a few
  • If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area should remain secured

Police response

  • Objective is to immediately engage assailant(s) and neutralize the threat
  • Evacuate victims
  • Facilitate follow up medical care, interviews and counseling
  • Launch full investigation