Duck and Cover
Protect staff and students from flying or falling debris.
- If inside, staff and students should duck under furniture and cover their head with their arms and hands. Try to move away from windows.
- If outside, staff and students should drop to the ground, place their head between their knees, and cover their head with their arms and hands. Move to a sheltered location when possible. Outside during an earthquake, try to move away from power lines, tall buildings, trees, etc.
When and Where to Use Duck and Cover:
- Immediate normal response to unusual loud noise or event.
- Indoors or outdoors.
- Followed by other actions as necessary.
Duck & Cover Drill - The Great ShakeOut
Keep staff/students indoors to protect from severe weather, contaminated air or other outside environment threats. Unlike LOCK DOWN, it allows free movement within enclosed buildings.
- If outside, staff/students will proceed to nearest classrooms or school buildings.
- Staff/students will remain indoors until further instructions are received from administration or emergency personnel.
- Shut down classroom/building HVAC system and close doors and windows if outside air is contaminated!
- Typically used for environmental threats, including animals.
- May require shut-down of HVAC - isolation from outside air.
- In some cases is a better alternative than evacuation.
For extended events, consider activating a Staff and Student Comfort Group to provide water, snacks, etc.
Protect staff and students from threat of violence on, or near campus and prevent intruders from entering occupied areas.
- If outside, staff/students will proceed to nearest classroom or building.
- If inside, staff will lock the doors, turn off lights, and close any shades or blinds if safe to do so.
- If there is gunfire, everyone will CROUCH on the floor and seek cover when safe to do so.
- Staff and students will remain secured pending further instructions or “ALL CLEAR” from Administration/Police.
Lock Down Preparedness:
- Practice barricading spaces that cannot be locked.
- Practice using alternate available spaces.
- Practice at unusual times.
Communicating type and location of threat is important.
Modified Lock-Down (essentially Shelter-In-Place) may be better choice if threat is from off-campus event and campus perimeter can be secured and monitored.
"SHELTER-IN-PLACE" vs "LOCK-DOWN"
Know the difference and use the proper procedure!
LOCK-DOWN protects staff/students from a HUMAN threat. Buildings are secured, and everyone hides to avoid detection.
SHELTER-IN-PLACE protects from an ENVIRONMENTAL threat. Buildings do not need to be locked. Students and staff may move about, but must remain indoors!
Remember - If threat is from contaminated outside air, it is imperative to keep that air out of buildings:
- Doors and windows must be kept closed.
- HVAC systems must be shut down.
Armed Intruder Incidents
The appropriate “initial” campus-wide action for any Armed Intruder incident (including an Active Shooter) is LOCK DOWN!
However, individuals or groups who come in direct contact with an Armed Intruder/Active Shooter must be prepared to take other immediate action.
This is a life and death situation and the actions they should take will be driven by the circumstances.
Armed Intruder Actions
Protect staff and students from threats of violence on campus and prevent intruders from entering occupied areas.
These principles apply to any situation where staff or students face any armed intruder, whether shooting a gun, or wielding some other dangerous weapon.