Active Shooter Awareness

Be pioneer prepared: If you see something, say something!

  • Take time to speak with your family members and friends
  • Update Pioneer Alert information through Pioneer Portal
  • Create a communication plan
    • Identify out-of-town contact
    • Phone number for each family member or friend
    • Designate a meeting place or rally point
  • Document critical information about each family member or friend
    • Name
    • Work location and phone number
    • Important medical information (Ex: Medications)
  • Identify evacuation routes both at work/school and at home
  • Determine what you need in your disaster kit and put it together
    • First aid kit
    • Medication
    • Cell phone charger

Be Aware

Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness

  • Personal Responsibility = Situational Awareness
  • Survival Mindset Stages:
    • Unaware (Not a place to be)
    • Relaxed but alert (Ideal to be in at all times)
    • Something appears wrong (When you see an issue)
    • Taking action/fight or flight (Decision-making stage)
    • Panic, over reaction, under/no action (Result of Unaware)

Three Stages of Disaster

  1. Denial
    • Hear something that sounds like gunshots or a popping noise, then go straight to deliberation
    • Do not dismiss
  2. Deliberation
    • Must quickly make a choice
    • Realize stress could slow decision-making ability
    • Take deep breaths to calm self
    • Scripting and practicing
  3. Decisive Moment
    • Taking action
    • Acting with purpose and fully committing to actions

Response

Taking Action

  • When to report to DPS
    • Anytime a person threatens to commit or commits an act of violence
    • Abuses or threatens a person
    • Uses abusive, profane, or vulgar language
    • Prevents or disrupts use of the building
    • Places individuals in fear of injury
  • How you can be notified of an Active Shooter event on campus
    • Hearing gunshots (If in the same building or close proximity)
    • Receiving Pioneer Alert (We never send these out as a drill. If you get this it is real.)
    • Phone (Text/voice)
    • Email
    • Social media (Follow Pioneer Alert on Twitter)
    • Desktop
    • Homepage
  • Be careful who you let in a locked door. It may be the shooter.
  • Remember these steps if you areinabuilding with an assailant
    1. Run
      • Get out of the building if safe and possible
      • Once in a safe area outside of the building, call DPS to report: Description of assailant, location of the shooting and do not provide information you don’t have
    2. Hide (If unable to get out)
      • Lock yourself in a room and barricade door with heavy objects
      • Turn off the lights and remain completely silent
      • Do not use cell phone (You want it dark and quiet)
    3. Fight
      • Distractors and attackers
      • Do not huddle for comfort instead spread out
      • Fully commit to action
  • If you are not in the building with the shooter:
    • Maintain situational awareness
    • Stay off campus
    • Do not come on campus until it is safe
      • Notification from Pioneer Alert. We will send an “All Clear Message” when you can resume normal activities

Police Response

  • Police priorities:
    • Find the threat and stop it
    • Do not expect them to stop to provide medical assistance (First team will step over wounded to go after the threat. The next team will attend to the wounded.)
    • Do not expect them to be able to speak with you in detail
  • When police arrive:
    • Follow commands
    • Show your hands
    • Do not make any sudden or aggressive movement toward them (They do not know who is a threat.)
    • They are looking for the threat to stop the damage as soon as possible.

Medical Response

  • Emergency Medical Services will be delayed until it is safe for them to enter a part of the building, but other officers come in to give aid.
  • If possible, you should provide first aid to those who were injured.
  • We encourage you to seek training for first aid.

Next Steps

  • Starts with prevention
  • Get to know your campus community
  • Be mindful of other’s behavior and do not hesitate to refer if concerned

Background on Active Shooter Events

Definition of an Active Shooter

  • One or more people engaged in attempting to kill as many people as possible
  • Often go for an area where there is a large target or gathering of people
  • Usually the individuals targeted are random
  • Different than a hostage situation

Profile of an Active Shooter

  • There is no distinct profile
  • However, there are signs
    • Threats made on social media
    • Clues hidden in school work
    • Drastic changes in behavior

Active Shooter Video

Contact Information

Lt. Jennifer Niederhaus
Department of Public Safety, TWU
940-898-2929
jniederhaus@twu.edu

Sgt. Dadra Bundick
Department of Public Safety, TWU
940-898-2911
dbundick@twu.edu

Visit the Department of Public Safety for any other questions or concerns.