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Active Shooter

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It is an unfortunate reality that we must even consider this possibility. Pre-planning for such an incident will be your best chance for surviving an active shooter incident. Know your escape routes, know how you will respond, and be prepared to "flip the switch" from being the prey to becoming the predator.

The guidelines below are based on the best available information and research. The Otterbein University Police Department strongly urges each of you to familiarize yourselves with each scenario and the options provided. And above all, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.

Download the Active Shooter Power Point Presentation. (Powerpoint)

When there is an active shooter incident and you can evacuate the building:

  1. If you can evacuate, run away from the building as quickly as possible.
  2. Call 9-1-1.
  3. Gather at the Campus Center (100 W. Home Street) or another safe location as determined by the Otterbein University Police Department and law enforcement.

When there is an active shooter incident and you are unable to evacuate the building AND your door opens to the inside of the room:

  1. Take shelter in the nearest office, room, or closet
  2. Lock and barricade the door with anything you have available (desks, chairs, etc.)
  3. Tie down the door, if possible, by using a belt attached to the door handle
  4. Cover any windows that may be in the doors
  5. Look for alternate escape routes (windows, additional doors in the area you are sheltered in, etc.)
  6. Call 9-1-1
  7. Set your cell phone to vibrate or silent
  8. Breathe to manage your fear - focus your mind
  9. DO NOT answer the door for anyone. The Otterbein University Police Department and law enforcement will enter the room after the incident is over
  10. Position yourself in the room in a location that will allow for the element of surprise if the shooter(s) enters
  11. You may have to take the offensive if the shooter(s) enter your area. Gather weapons (pens, pencils, books, chairs, etc.) and mentally prepare your attack

When there is an active shooter incident and you are unable to evacuate the building AND the door opens to the hallway (outside the room):

  1. Close and lock the door, if possible.
  2. Barricade the door with anything possible (desks, chairs, bags, etc.).
  3. Tie down the door, if possible, by using a belt attached to the door handle.
  4. Cover any windows that may be in the doors.
  5. Look for alternate escape routes (windows, additional doors in the area you are sheltered in, etc.)
  6. Call 9-1-1.
  7. Set your cell phone to silent.
  8. Breathe to manage your fear - focus your mind.
  9. Position yourself in the room in a location that will allow for the element of surprise if the shooter(s) enters.
  10. Obtain weapons and attack as the suspect(s) enter your area

When there is an active shooter incident and you must evacuate the area where a shooter(s) is active:

Run Option:
  1. Run in a zig-zag pattern
  2. Cover your head with a bag, books, or other items that would offer some level of protection
  3. Do not stop running until you are well clear of the building
Window Option:
  1. Consider if a fall from the window kill you
  2. Break the window, if necessary
  3. Make an improvised rope out of clothing, belts, or any other item that can be used to limit the distance you will fall
  4. Hang by your hands from the window ledge
  5. Attempt to fall into shrubs, mulch, or grass to decrease the potential for injury

Gather at the Campus Center (100 West Home Street) or another safe location as determined by the Otterbein University Police Department and law enforcement.

When there is an active shooter incident and you cannot escape, but a shooter(s) is in your room:

Options:
  • Run
  • Fight
  • Throw anything available at the shooter(s), aiming at the face to distract his/her aim
  • Attack in a group (swarm)
  • Use all available weapons to attack and secure the shooter(s) - anything can be a weapon
  • Grab the shooter's extremities (arms, legs, head) and take him/her to the ground using body weight to secure him/her.
  • "Fight dirty" to survive - bite, kick, gouge eyes, etc.
  • Continue to fight until the shooter(s) is no longer a threat

When there is an active shooter incident and you have incapacitated the shooter(s):

  1. Call 9-1-1 and advise law enforcement the shooter(s) is down.
  2. Provide your location and stay on the line, if possible.
  3. Secure the suspect (belts, body weight, etc.).
  4. Move any weapons away from the shooter, but DO NOT HOLD A WEAPON – law enforcement officers will assume the person with the weapon is a threat and/or the shooter
  5. DO NOT RUN from the room, help will be there soon
  6. RAISE YOUR HANDS and DROP TO YOUR KNEES – do not appear threatening to responding law enforcement officers
  7. Provide first aid to others in the room, as needed

/ Otterbein Police

Call (24 hours)
(614) 823-1222

 

Location
194 West Main St.
Westerville, OH 43081

 

Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(4:00 p.m. in the summer)

 

Police@Otterbein.edu
Fax: (614) 823-1999

 

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