What to Do in Case of . . .

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Active Shooter/Armed Subject

In the event of an active shooter on campus, follow the run-hide-fight protocol:

RUN: Evacuate if possible.

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind

  • Leave your belongings behind

  • Keep your hands visible to law enforcement

  • Run to a place of refuge, well beyond the norm

  • Take others with you, but do not stay behind because others will not go.

  • Call 781-736-3333  (public safety) or 911 when it is safe to do so. Do not assume that someone else has reported the incident. The information that you are able to provide law enforcement may be critical, e.g. number of shooters, physical description and identification, number and type(s) of weapons, and location of the shooter.

HIDE: Hide silently in as safe a place as possible.

  • If running is not possible, hide

  • Choose a hiding place with thicker walls and fewer windows, if possible

  • Lock and barricade doors; close windows, shades and blinds

  • Turn off lights

  • Silence phones and turn off other electronics.

  • Remain silent, yet vigilant

  • Avoid huddling together

  • Remain in place until you receive an “all clear” signal from BENS.

FIGHT: Take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter.

  • Fighting is a last resort, use only when your life is in imminent danger

  • Use improvised weapons, i.e., chair, fire extinguisher

  • Attempt to incapacitate or disrupt the actions of the active shooter

  • There is strength in numbers; work together against the active shooter

  • Call 781-736-3333 (public safety) or 911 when it is safe to do so.


Immediately after an incident

Wait for Local Law Enforcement officers to assist you out of the building, if inside.

When law enforcement arrives, students and employees must display empty hands with open palms.

Plan ahead

Visualize possible escape routes, including physically accessible routes for students and staff with disabilities and others with limited mobility.

For an illustration of these techniques, watch the Run. Hide. Fight. video.

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Bomb Threat

In the event of a bomb threat, follow these procedures:

1. DO NOT pull the manual fire alarm.

2. Call 781-736-3333. Provide as much information as possible.

3. Faculty/staff: Notify your supervisor and/or building captain. Students: Notify your community adviser or quad director.

4. If essential personal belongings are close at hand (e.g., wallet/purse and medications), you may take them, but do not jeopardize your personal safety.

5. Evacuate the building through the nearest exit and proceed to an area at least 100 feet from the main building entrance. Do NOT use elevators.

6. Await instruction from public safety officials or your building captain, community adviser or quad director. Do not reenter a building until authorized by emergency personnel. 

7. Refrain from touching an electronic device, including light switches, until you are at least 100 feet from the main building. 

8. Await further instructions from public safety officers.

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Fire

In the event of a fire, follow these procedures:

1. Pull the nearest manual fire alarm and call 781-736-3333.

2. If essential personal belongings are close at hand (e.g., wallet/purse and medications), you may take them, but do not jeopardize your personal safety.

3. Evacuate the building through the nearest exit and proceed to the main building entrance or other area designated by your building captain, community adviser or quad director. Do NOT use elevators.

4. Await instruction from public safety or your building captain, community adviser or quad director. Do not reenter a building until authorized by emergency personnel.

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Hazardous Material Release

In the event of a hazardous material release, follow these procedures:

1. If an emergency or if anyone is in danger, call 781-736-3333.

2. Move away from the site of the hazard to a safe location. Stay UPWIND of material.

3. Alert others to stay clear of the area.

4. Notify emergency personnel if you have been exposed.

8. Await further instructions from public safety officers.

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Natural Disaster

In the event of severe weather or a natural disaster such as a tornado or earthquake, follow these procedures:

1. Check Brandeis information sources (campus notification system, human resources listserv, etc.) for updates and instructions.

2. If outdoors, take shelter in the nearest building.

3. Follow instructions from campus information sources, building captains, community advisers, quad directors and/or public safety officials.

4. Do not leave the area or campus without reporting your status to someone in charge.

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Power Outage

In the event of a power outage, follow these procedures:

1. Remain calm; provide assistance to others if necessary.

2. Notify public safety at 781-736-3333. 

3. Move cautiously to a lighted area. Exits may be indicated by lighted signs if the emergency power is operating.

4. Turn off and unplug computers and other voltage-sensitive equipment.

5. For prolonged outages, await further instructions via the Brandeis Emergency Network System.

6. Confer with your building captain, community adviser or quad director for additional information and procedures.

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Suspicious Object

In the event you discover a suspicious object, following these procedures:

1. Do not touch or disturb object.

2. Call 781-736-3333 and provide location and description of suspicious object.

3. Notify your supervisor, building captain, community adviser or quad director.

4. Be prepared to evacuate and await further instruction from public safety personnel (see evacuation procedures).