If you are involved in a situation where someone has entered the area and started shooting or you hear shooting, the following is a list of actions that are recommended.
It should be noted that these types of incidents are unpredictable. The guidelines listed below are recommendations that are based on past experiences; you may have to alter some of these suggestions, depending on the situation.
If exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:
Police are trained to respond to an active shooting incident by entering the building as soon as possible and proceeding to the area of the shooter(s). Officers will move quickly and directly. Early in an incident, officers may not be able to rescue people because their main goal is to get to the shooter(s).
Involved persons need to try to remain calm and patient during this time so as not to interfere with police operations. Cooperate with officers who may ask you information concerning the incident. Normally, a rescue team is formed shortly after the first responding officers enter the building. They will be the officers who will search for injured parties and get everyone safely out of the building. Follow all directions given by the officers at the scene, or responding to the scene.
In the event of a criminal or violent act that has been committed at Towson University or in the adjacent areas near the campus, it may become necessary to shelter–in-place within campus buildings.
When notified by the Towson University Police Department to shelter-in-place due to criminal activity, these procedures will be followed:
University buildings will be immediately and totally evacuated whenever building fire alarms are sounding.
If you see or suspect a fire, remain calm and activate fire alarms.
Report fires by phone from safe places outside buildings.
If safe to do so, shut off all machinery and equipment in work areas.
Evacuate. Do not attempt to fight fires. Close doors and windows if time permits. Leave buildings at once using nearest exits or stairways. Do not use elevators. Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire. Use the backs of your hands to feel doors and doorknobs before opening doors. Do not open if the door or doorknob feels hot.
Crawl if there is smoke. Use secondary exits if primary exits are blocked.
If you are trapped:
Render reasonable assistance to disabled persons.
Gather at pre-designated assembly areas.
Take roll and report missing or unaccounted for individuals to emergency responders.
Faculty and Staff are not expected to remain inside buildings to inspect and move people to exits; however, it is requested that Faculty and Staff, once safely outside, assist by moving people out of exits and away from the building so others can exit safely.
Evacuation Procedures – General Procedures
When evacuating your building or work area:
Evacuation Procedures – Disabled Individuals
Persons who are either temporarily or permanently disabled to the extent their mobility is impaired are individually responsible for informing their supervisors and Environmental Health and Safety (410-704-2949 or x4-2949) of their name, building name, room number and nature of disability. This information will be placed on a list and given to the Baltimore County Fire Department during emergencies.
Co-workers may assist evacuating disabled persons only if this places them in no personal danger.
Never use elevators.
Always ask someone with a disability how you can help before attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance. Ask the individual how to best assist and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.
Mobility impaired persons in wheelchairs on non-ground level floors should proceed to nearest enclosed stairwells and wait for the Baltimore County Fire Department to arrive. Someone should stay with the disabled person, if it does not place them in additional danger and someone should meet responding fire fighters to report the location of disabled persons.
Follow the instructions for being trapped if you cannot get to an enclosed stairwell. Visually impaired persons should have a sighted assistant to guide them to safety. Individually inform hearing-impaired persons of the emergency. Do not assume they know what is happening by watching others.
Everyone should pay attention to weather conditions, listen to the radio and television for weather alert information, or, if you receive an alert from Towson University, seek shelter immediately.
Tornados and Thunderstorms