During certain hazardous situations, when it is safer to remain inside than to leave a building, students, staff, and visitors may be asked to shelter- in-place wherever they are. Students, staff, and visitors should stay indoors, because there is some form of threat outside. The threat may be from an environmental condition, or be as a result of police direction to stay inside until a threat is investigated, and the adverse condition is terminated. If you are outdoors, proceed inside to the nearest building quickly or follow instructions from emergency personnel on the scene. Once inside of a building take the following actions:
Most common police emergencies involve financial aid, public cash transactions, domestic violence, theft, burglary, and vehicle prowls. Employees who deal with the public are recommended to attend training on defusing confrontations. Police emergencies vary from an incident of a single person committing a misdemeanor to a situation with multiple participants and crimes; the latter requiring a campus lockdown.
Worst-case scenarios involve one or more individuals on campus with firearms:
The following PA system announcement will be made:
“Your attention please standby for an emergency announcement. (REPEAT). We’ve been notified of a potential armed assailant on campus. For your safety we’re locking exterior doors. We strongly advise you to lockdown and remain inside classrooms and offices. Remain calm. Turn off or dim all lights, close blinds, silence cell phones, barricade doors, and stay away from all windows until the “All Clear” announcement from the Police or a LWTech Authority.”
An active shooter is a person/s who appears to be actively engaging in killing or attempting to kill people in a confines and populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms, but may use other devices, and there is no apparent pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter events are extremely dangerous, unpredictable, and rapidly evolving. Situations like these require rapid response and decisive intervention by law enforcement.
During an active shooter incident, time is critical, if gunshots are heard, it is critical to avoid getting closer to the area to see what is happening. Instead, act quickly to get as far away as possible, warning others as they leave the area.
If an individual is observed with a weapon near an LWTech location:
If you are unable to escape, making an office or classroom into a shelter may be the only possibility:
If you have been trapped and are able to find a means of escape do so as safely as possible. If directly confronted by the shooter, self-defense with whatever is available may be the only viable option.
Do you know what to do in the event of an active shooter situation? The "Run. Hide. Fight.®" videos provide the information you need to survive an active shooter event.
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The college is currently conducting an audit to determine the extent to which its website and third-party platforms are compliant.