Emergency Lock down (An Active shooter scenario)

Who is Active shooter?

An armed suspect or assailant who has used deadly force on other persons and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims.

Case Studies of recent fatal shootings

·         17 people are confirmed dead in Feb 2018 shooting High School in Parkland, located in south Florida

      Mandalay Bay attack: at least 59 killed in deadliest US shooting- Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old local man

      Uzubulu shooting- killing no fewer than 35 worshippers and injuring scores of others now receiving treatment in different hospitals in the state.

      There have been 23 Active shooter shootings in US 2018 alone.

What is a lockdown?

      It is an emergency measure or condition in which people are temporarily prevented from entering or leaving a restricted area or building (such as a school) during a threat of danger.

      A lockdown is implemented when there is serious security risk (e.g. a violent or armed intruder) to building occupants.

Mentality of Active Shooter

      Desire to kill without concern for their safety or threat of capture.

      Normally they don’t have intended victims.

      Will continue to move throughout building or area until stopped by law enforcement, suicide, or other intervention.

Methods of Emergency Notification

Emergency notifications can come through one or more of the following methods:

      Sound of Active shooter’s weapons

      PPA systems/Intercom

      Pop Up Notice on your networked computer

      Company website

      Text message to registered cell phones

      Voice mail broadcast

      In person notification by police

If confronted with an Active Shooter scenario:

A.     RUN

      If there is an escape route, attempt to evacuate

      Leave your belongings behind. Do not go back into the building for any reason.

      Prevent others from going into the building

      Call 112 or 767 when you are safely out of the building

If confronted with an Active Shooter scenario:

B.      HIDE


·         If evacuation is not possible, hide.

·         Lock and properly blockade the door or entrance. Turn off lights, cover all window blinds.

·         Hide behind large objects and away from windows and entrances.

·         Put your phone on silent mode, remain very quiet and lie down flat on the ground keeping calm and quiet.

N.B:     Your hiding place should offer proper defense in the event shots are fired in your direction. Do not             choose a spot that traps you into a position with no option for movement.


If confronted with an Active Shooter scenario:

C.      FIGHT

·         Only as a last resort!

·         Use improvised weapons and attack the intruder

What to report?

      Your specific location, building name and office/ room number;

      The number of people at your specific location (if you have that information);

      If there are injuries, the number and types of injuries; and

      If you have seen an assailant or identified a threat:

      location and number of suspects;

      direction of travel;

      their clothing and description;

      their identity if known;

      any weapons or accessories (e.g., backpack); and

      any unusual or threatening sounds (e.g.., gunfire or explosion)

Law Enforcement Response

      Law Enforcement’s mission is to locate, contain and stop the shooter

      The shooter will generally not flee when law enforcement enters the building. Responding officers become “new” targets.

      The Law Enforcement officers are there primarily to neutralize the shooter(s) and not for typical emergency evacuation. Stay out of the line of fire!

Remember, the shooter’s main goal is not to escape, but rather to kill as many people as possible.


      ONLY MUSTER AT THE MUSTER POINT, OUTSIDE THE BUILDING when the ALL CLEAR ANNOUNCEMENT IS DONE by the Emergency Response, Facility Security or Law Enforcement personnel.