If an armed intruder comes to Riverpoint Campus it is critical that faculty, staff, and students report it immediately and take protective actions. To survive you need to take direct responsibility for your survival.
If you are in a classroom or office and you hear gun shots DO NOT move toward the sounds of possible gunfire. If possible, quickly move away from the sounds of shots being fired.
Report what you are hearing to 911. Keep calling since the lines may be jammed. Report gender, race, approximate age, facial features (beard?), obvious clothing/glasses/hats, numbers and types of weapons (pistol, rifle), any bags or backpacks carried.
GET OUT: If the disturbance is far enough away from your location and you can safely leave the area do so.
- Move away from the area and seek shelter, avoid parking lots, and open areas.
- Be prepared to follow commands from the local police department, i.e., "stop, get down on the ground, put your hands up”. Compliance with their commands is imperative. Hold both hands out, fingers spread.
- Preplan your movement by moving to safe locations in the shortest distance. For example, take cover at one location, i.e., behind a tree or boulder, think about your next move and then quickly and safely move to a safe location away from the danger.
- Do not gather with others in a crowd once outside campus buidings. Spread out so you and others do not present a single target to the shooter.
- When you have reached an area of safety wait there until given direction from an university official or Riverpoint Campus Security. It is imperative that everyone is safe. DO NOT leave campus until you are approved to leave by Riverpoint Campus Security or law enforcement officers.
HIDE OUT: If you are unable to leave your location the following actions are recommended:
- Close and barricade the door. Without giving away your location, look for alternative ways to exit the room, i.e., break a window.
- Cover any windows that expose your position to the hallway, i.e. close the blinds.
- Turn off the lights.
- Spread out, do not huddle together.
- Take measures to protect yourself. Find a hiding place behind something solid.
- Keep quiet and act as no one is in the room.
- Silence cell phone ringers. Put your phone on vibrate mode. Turn computer screens away from windows that look out into the hallway.
- Do not answer the door. Wait for Riverpoint Campus Security or law enforcement officers to assist you out of the building.
TAKE OUT: If you are trapped your only option may be to fight back. Two basic strategies are to disrupt the shooter's gun firing behavior and/or to physically overwhelm and disarm the shooter. This must be a total commitment, with resolve.
- Physically overwhelming the shooter is more easily accomplished if you and others coordinate your actions, i.e., to tackle the shooter - come at the shooter from different directions, two grab arms, one grabs gun, etc.
- For either strategy, you may use many types of items as weapons: books, trash cans, back packs, lap top computers, or other small tiems (pens, keys).
- Throwing items may increase your chances of survival by distracting the shooter and disrupting their aim. The shooter may realize you are too difficult a target and move on.
- Even if you are initially caught by the shooter, you should always be looking for a chance to escape.
- KNOW YOUR OPTIONS
- INCREASE YOUR SURVIVAL CHANCES
- ACT DECISIVELY, WITH A SURVIVAL MINDSET
- Complete an on line Incident Report form and forward it, within 24 hours, as directed. The on line Incident Report form may be found at http://www.hrs.wsu.edu/How%20to%20File%20a%20Claim or Facilities Operations at 358-7994. “Immediately report accidents which result in death, serious injury (e.g., fracture, amputation) or in-patient hospitalization of WSU personnel or third parties.” This applies to all personnel on the Riverpoint Campus, including WSU Spokane, EWU, SIRTI and SIRTI tenants.