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  • Lockdown

    A Lockdown Response is to be utilized for situations where an actual crisis situation has occurred.  An appropriate response should be implemented for any situation involving the following scenarios:

    • Shots being fired on or immediately adjacent to the campus.
    • Report of weapon(s) on campus
    • A stabbing on campus.
    • An explosion near, but not on the campus.
    • A hostage situation or an armed barricaded subject on or immediately adjacent to the campus.
    • Threats involving weapons of mass destruction, which would indicate immediate danger to those on campus.

    When a hostile person(s) is actively causing death or serious bodily injury or the threat of imminent death or serious bodily injury to person(s) within a building, the following procedures should be implemented:

    • If possible, immediately lock and/or barricade everyone in a classroom, office, lab, etc. Block the door using whatever is available – door wedges, desks, file cabinets, other furniture, etc.
    • Cover any windows or openings that have a direct line of sight into the hallway.
    • If communication is available, call 911 and/or Public Safety (218-477-2449).
    • Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal the occupants to evacuate the building and thus place them in potential harm as they attempted to exit.
    • Line everyone up on the floor, away from doors and windows. Use the same wall as the doors if possible.
    • Close windows, shades and curtains.
    • Tell everyone to be quiet and to turn off radios, cell phones, pagers and computer monitors.
    • Assign responsibilities to occupants:
      Delegate two evacuation leaders.
      Ensure that they understand the Emergency Plan exit routes and Designated Assembly Area location.
    • Do not leave the room until Moorhead Police or Public Safety gives the "all clear" announcement or instructs you to leave.
    • Once the police 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.

    REMEMBER: If the fire alarms sound while in lockdown, wait for the evacuation command with authentication, or obvious indicators such as smoke, flames, verbal confirmation, etc.