Emergency Lockdown Procedures

Emergency Lockdown Procedures

In the event of an emergency and notification of a campus lockdown including an active shooter situation, please follow the procedures below:

  • Remain calm, and encourage other to remain calm.
  • Immediately cease all activity. (i.e. teaching, meeting etc.)
  • Remain silent.
  • Lock or barricade all doors where possible; use furniture or desks as cover.
  • If possible, cover any windows or openings that have a direct line of sight into a hallway.
  • Close window blinds or pull shades down. Turn off all lights.
  • Stay low, away from windows and doors.
  • Sit on the floor or crouch under or behind desks and bookshelves.
  • Immediately silence all cell phones. Calls to University Police should be made only if specific information becomes available regarding the location or conduct of the intruder.
  • Be aware of alternate exits in all buildings.
  • If outdoors when a lockdown is issued, seek nearby shelter (behind trees, walls, vehicles) and wait for additional instructions from Campus Police or Athens Police Department.
  • If you are directed by police to leave your secured area, assist other in moving as quietly and quickly as possible.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm in the building unless there is a fire. If a fire alarm goes off during a lockdown, do not evacuate the building unless you smell smoke or see fire in your area.
  • Do not unlock doors or attempt to leave your secured area until instructed by Campus Police, Athens Police or you hear an “All Clear” announcement via the Campus Emergency Notification System.
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