If you are made aware that there are reports of an active shooter on campus, but the shooter is not inside your building and a lockdown has not been officially announced:
If it is possible to escape the building safely and avoid danger, do so by the nearest exit. Please remember that these situations are incident specific. Each individual will have to make a decision based on the available information
that he or she has access to at the time. If at all possible, call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) from a safe location to notify emergency officials of the event.
Get Out - Move quickly: don’t wait for others to validate your decision. Leave your belongings behind. Survival chances increase if you are not where the shooter is or if you go where the shooter can’t see you.
Call Out - Once you are in a safe location, call the police by dialing 911 (9-911 from a campus phone). Advise others in the immediate area to stay away from the shooter’s location.
Hide Out - If you can’t get out because the shooter is between you and the only exit, then hide out, move out of the hallway, and look for a well hidden and well protected room. Avoid places that might trap or restrict your movement.
Keep Out - Try to find a room that can be locked. If the room cannot be locked, try to barricade or block the door with heavy furniture or other heavy objects. Turn out the lights and other noise producing devices. Try to stay silent. Call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) if you can do so without alerting the shooter.
Spread Out - If there are two or more of you, do not huddle together. Spreading out gives you more options and makes it harder for the shooter. Quietly develop a plan of action in the event the shooter enters your room.
Remain calm - This can have a contagious effect on others. Stay focused on survival. Keep others focused.
Take Out - Assume the shooter’s intentions are lethal. Develop a survival mindset that you have what it takes to survive when your life is on the line.
You must be prepared to do whatever it takes to neutralize the threat. Throw things, yell, and use improvised weapons. If there are two or more of you, make a plan to overcome the shooter.
Do the best you can - Choose to survive.
Wait for instructions from emergency responders. Do not re-enter the building until the all clear is given by emergency responders.
Note: Sounding the alarm when there is no fire is against the state law of North Carolina.
In case of high winds or an earthquake warning, you will be instructed to take cover in the designated areas of each building. Most high wind and earthquake related deaths are caused by head injuries from flying debris. So, if you are outside during threatening weather, immediately enter the nearest building to shelter in place safely.
Dial 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) and tell the dispatcher that you require medical assistance. Be prepared to provide the following information:
For minor medical needs, first aid supplies are available in each building, the Physical Education Office, and the shop classrooms. The college has no facilities for medical treatment other than for minor first aid and can assume no responsibility for treatment of injuries or illness of students.
A psychological crisis may occur as a result of emergencies, disasters, or other critical incidents such as suicide, sexual assault, violence, deaths, serious accidents, fires, explosions, bomb threats, threats to the public welfare, or other traumatic or tragic events affecting the campus community.
When assisting a person in a wheelchair:
These individuals may use crutches, canes or walkers. Ask the individual if they need assistance and if they are able to use the stairs. If the person is unable to use stairs, follow the procedure for persons using wheelchairs (see above).
Most buildings are equipped with both audio and visual fire alarm systems. In locations where no visual alarms are present, or notification has been given to evacuate or move to a safe location in the building, two methods of alerting hearing impaired individuals are:
Most persons who are blind or visually impaired will be familiar with their surrounding area and routes during normal activities on campus.