What should I do?
Hostile Intruder Inside a Building
- Carry out the seven critical responses.
- Immediately lock yourself or any other uninvolved persons in a classroom, office, or residence hall room. If possible cover any windows or openings that have a direct line of sight into the hallway.
- If you are not in a room, try to get to one.
- If communication is available, call 911 or x4911 (240.895.4911).
- Do not sound - or respond to - a fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal the occupants to evacuate the building and thus place them in potential harm as they attempt to exit.
- Lock the windows and close blinds or curtains.
- Stay away from the windows and doors.
- Turn off lights and all audio equipment.
- Try to remain as calm as possible.
- Keep everyone together.
- Keep rooms secure until Public Safety or local law enforcement officials arrive and give you directions.
- Stay out of open areas and be as quiet as possible.
- If for some reason you are caught in an open area such as a hallway or lounge, you must decide what you are going to do. This is a very crucial time and it can possibly mean life or death.
- 1. If you think that you can safely make it out of the building by running, then do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Attempt to keep objects such as desks, cabinets, fixtures, etc. between you and the hostile person(s) to block your view from the intruder. When away from the immediate area of danger summon help any way you can and warn others.
2. You can try and hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the building looking for victims.
3. If the person(s) are causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
- If you are confronted by the hostile intruder, cannot run away, and feel that your life is in danger you will have to decide if it is necessary to fight back to survive. CLEARLY THIS OPTION IS A LAST RESORT.
- 1. Throw things at the intruder’s head to first create a distraction. This may even buy enough time to allow you to run away.
2. If you are with others, attack as a group all at once.
- If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands and do not look the intruder in the eyes.
- Once Public Safety or local law enforcement officials arrive, obey all commands. This may involve your being handcuffed, or keeping your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.