What to Do in Case of . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).