Active Shooter Procedures

While the number is relatively small, the number of violent incidents on college campuses involving active shooters has increased and warrants the development of appropriate policies and procedures to best protect the NMC campus community. Active shooter incidents evolve rapidly, where seconds, rather than minutes, matter. In general, how one responds to an active shooter will depend on the specific situation. There is no way to predict the motives or actions of a person intent on committing an act of violence, therefore the following recommendations are just that, recommendations, based on the practices and policies of numerous colleges and universities. Any option may still result in a negative consequence.

Steps to take if you think there is an active shooter on campus

  1. First- protect yourself by moving to a safe location.
  2. Second- if safe- Call 911 (or 9-911 from campus phone) or activate a campus blue light if available and safe.
    1. Provide details of situation- who and where you are, what you have witnessed, and if anyone has been injured
    2. If possible alert others - call campus security (402) 354-6911 (campus) or the front desk at (402) 354-7000 and tell them to call security.

While there is no evidence to suggest one right way to respond to the threat of violence, there are some general recommendations to follow if, and only if, you deem it safe to do so.

In the event of an active shooter on campus and you are:

  • In a classroom, office, laboratory, residence facility:
    • Stay in the room secure the door with a lock and barricade if possible with a heavy wedge or furniture and turn off lights;
    • Silence all items that emit sounds- phones, radios, etc.;
    •  If it is safe to do so, allow others to take refuge with you;
    • Identify ONE person to call 911 (9-911 from campus phone);
    • If the door has a window, cover it or stay out of view, and take adequate cover- thick desks, walls, or any object that may stop a bullet; stay low and quiet;
    • If the room has an external window and depending on the location of the gunman, you may also choose to place signs in the window to alert law enforcement that people are in the room
  • In the hallway or corridor:
    • Get to a room that is not already secured and secure it. Unless you are very close to an exit, do not run through a long hall to get to the exit, and do not hide in restrooms unless it is the last resort.
  • Trapped with the gunman:
    • Try to remain calm;
    • Do not provoke the gunman. If no shooting is occurring, do what the gunman tells you to do and do not make sudden moves;
    • In this situation, only you can make the decision of what you will or will not do to preserve your life or the lives of others.
  • In an open space (such as parking lot or large room):
    • Immediately seek protection- put something between you and the assailant;
    • Consider trying to escape, if you know where the assailant is and there appears to be an escape route immediately available;
    • If in doubt find the safest area and secure it as best you can.

Treating the Injured:

  • Apply pressure to bleeding and elevate if possible
  • Provide calm reassurance

Un-securing the area:

  • The assailant may not stop until engaged by law enforcement or until their objective is met;
  • Do not allow yourself to be lured into the open (the assailant my bang on the door, yell for help, or otherwise entice you to open the door);
  • If there is any doubt about the safety of the individuals inside the room, keep the room secured until you are confident that official law enforcement is in command of the situation.
  • You may be instructed by law enforcement to exit with your hands on your head. Follow their instructions.
  • Once you have been evacuated, you will not be permitted to retrieve items or access the area until the crime scene is released

Keeping Updated:

If an active shooter situation develops, NMC will implement its emergency response plan and will work with law enforcement to support their efforts to manage the situation.

Placing a call to report emergency:

CALLING 911- Emergency situations should be reported to law enforcement. Dial 911 (or 9-911 from campus phone), stay on the phone until it is answered (may take several rings) DO NOT hang up. Be prepared to provide as much information as possible including:
  • Speak calmly, clearly and slowly;
  • What is happening;
  • Where you are located- building and room number;
  • Number of people at your immediate location;
  • Injuries- number and types;
  • Your name;
  • Any details that you witnessed regarding the assailant- description, type of weapons, identity if you know it.