Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Procedures

Armed Intruder

  • What to do

    • If you suspect an intruder is on campus, call Public Safety at x5911 or (206) 296-5911 or use one of the ‘Blue Light’ emergency phones located around campus and provide the information requested. Stay on the line until told to hang up.
    • If you suspect an armed intruder is nearby, try to escape and leave campus or find a safe hiding.
    • If outdoors, find refuge in a nearby building.
    • When indoors, remain in your room or office. Lock the door if you are able. If you cannot lock the door, close it and pile furniture or other large objects in front of it. Turn out lights and hide under furniture, away from windows and adjacent to a solid wall.
    • Remain calm and quiet.
    • Wait for police to arrive.
    • If instructed by authorities to evacuate a building or the campus grounds, follow directions exactly.

    What Not to Do

    • Do not leave your room to try to "see what’s happening".
    • Do not confront or try to apprehend the intruder.
    • Do not assume that someone else has called Public Safety or 911.

    What to Do After

    • If you witness any hostile acts or injuries, contact the authorities as soon as it is safe to do so.