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Personal Safety Emergency Procedures

Angelo State Police Office

Angelo State University has proactively implemented plans/procedures to make this a safe campus. How safe you are depends on your preparation and how much attention you pay to your surroundings. See the information below for detailed procedures to implement during emergencies:

  • Active Shooter

    Campus shooting incidents are highly unpredictable. A Code Blue emergency notification will be issued instructing the affected facilities/area or entire campus to implement Lockdown procedures. The proper reaction is dependent on the situation and a number of circumstances but the general concepts are: 1) run, 2) hide, or 3) fight. The following depicts these concepts and what to expect during an active shooter situation.

    Run Concept

    The best option for survival may be to escape. Leave the area immediately, if safe to do so, and try to accomplish the following actions:

    • Quickly and quietly move away from the danger.
    • Notify anyone you encounter to exit the area.
    • Call University Police to report the incident and provide the following information:
      • Exact location and nature of incident
      • Description of shooter (race, gender, clothing)
      • Description of weapons (rifle, pistol)
      • Number of injuries/fatalities
      • Your exact location, name, and call back number
    • Leave campus or wait in a safe place to be evacuated by police.

    Hide Concept

    If you cannot exit the facility/area, implement lockdown procedures:

    • Move to nearest room that can be secured.
    • Lock doors and windows and close blinds and curtains.
    • Turn off devices that emit light or sound.
    • Seek protective cover behind large furniture.
    • Do not answer the door or verbal inquiries.
    • Call University Police to provide information.
    • Reassure others and assist the injured.
    • Wait for police to respond or for an “all clear” to be issued before leaving the room.

    Fight Concept

    If you encounter the shooter and you cannot escape, consider taking the following actions:

    • Do not make sudden movements or do anything to provoke the shooter.
    • Respond to the shooter when questioned.
    • A physical attack should be a last resort to preserve your life or the lives of others.
      • Work together or alone to disable the shooter.
      • Use aggression or improvised weapons.

    Police Response Concept

    The primary objective is to locate and neutralize the shooter. Police will work to identify:

    • The number, description, and location of shooters
    • The number and types of weapons

    Police officers will:

    • Engage suspects, if threatened
    • Treat everyone as a suspect
    • Not initially treat injured people or evacuate occupants

    You can help police with search and clear operation protocols by doing the following:

    • Do not run toward officers or scream or yell.
    • When officers enter, drop to the floor, empty your hands and remain quiet.
    • Keep your hands visible and obey commands.
    • Expect to be put on the ground and searched.

    Post-Incident Actions

    • Emergency medical services will respond and treat the injured.
    • Evacuation will be coordinated.
    • People will be escorted to secure areas. 
  • Bomb Threat

    Bomb threats are usually received via telephone.

    • Stay calm and pay attention to details.
    • Write down information as the caller says it and take accurate notes, including:
      • The exact time of the call
      • The exact words the caller used
    • Ask the caller the following questions and attempt to get the information passively:
      • When is the bomb going to explode?
      • What does the bomb look like?
      • Where is the bomb located?
      • What kind of bomb is it?
      • What will cause the bomb to explode?
      • Did you place the bomb? Why?
      • Where are you calling from?
      • Where do you live?
      • What is your name?
    • Try to keep the caller on the phone as long as possible, and listen for and record the following:
      • Age and gender of caller
      • Speech pattern, accent or nationality
      • Emotional state of the caller
      • Background noises
      • Anything to help determine the origin of the call
    • Have another person call University Police to relay the caller information as it is recorded. Note: The person should be far enough away to not be overheard by the caller.
    • Follow University Police instructions.
  • Suspicious Package

    A suspicious package can be a box, container or letter.

    Characteristics

    • Bulky, lopsided, rigid or uneven
    • Missing postage or return address
    • Incorrect titles or misspelled labels
    • Leaks, stains, powders or protruding items
    • Contains a ticking, vibration or other sound

    Instructions

    • Do not handle/disturb, and slowly move away.
    • Record the location, description and mailer’s and addressee’s names and addresses.
    • Clear immediate area/room of all persons.
    • Notify University Police at 325-942-2071.
    • If the package has emitted a powder or substance:
      • Instruct people in immediate area to wash exposed skin with soap and water.
      • Record names of these people and direct to a designated safe area to await instructions.
      • Turn off HVAC system and cordon off area.
  • Abnormal Behavior

    Abnormal behavior may be displayed by someone who is threatening physical harm to themselves or others, appears to be out of touch with reality, or is acting irrational. The person could be having a psychological crisis or be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Approach the situation by focusing on the person’s behavior and its consequences, and follow the guidelines below.

    Illogical or Irrational Behavior

    • Have someone notify a supervisor about the situation.
    • Stay calm and stay with the person.
    • Have someone notify University Police and provide the following information:
      • Description of the situation and location
      • Description of the disruptive individual and observed symptoms/behaviors
      • Names of individuals involved
    • Be supportive/compassionate until help arrives.
    • Maintain a safe distance and do not confront or try to detain the individual.
    • Do not argue with or aggravate the individual.
    • Have someone meet University Police to direct them to the scene and provide information.

    Attempting to Harm Themselves or Others

    • Have someone notify a supervisor about the situation.
    • Stay calm and try to assist the injured.
    • Call 9-1-1 if victims require medical treatment.
    • Have someone notify University Police and provide the following information:
      • Description of the situation and location
      • Description of the disruptive individual and observed symptoms/behaviors
      • Names of individuals involved
      • Names of injured and description of injuries
    • Provide first aid/CPR if you have been trained and/or feel comfortable.
    • Have someone meet University Police and other emergency personnel to direct them to the scene and provide information. 
  • Utility Failure

    Facilities Management should be immediately notified of incidents that affect the facility infrastructure.

    • During normal business hours: 325-942-2355
    • After normal business hours: 325-942-2071

    Power Failure

    • Notify Facilities Management.
    • If you are instructed to evacuate the facility:
      • Leave using the nearest stairwell/exit.
      • Do not use elevators.
    • Laboratory personnel should secure chemicals to prevent vapors from reaching hazardous concentration levels. 

    Flood

    • Do not turn off electricity while standing in water.
    • Immediately stop using electrical devices.
    • If a sink or toilet is the source, attempt to shut off water supply valve.
    • Notify Facilities Management.
    • If you are instructed to evacuate the building:
      • Exit using the nearest stairwell.
      • Avoid areas of standing or rushing water.
      • Do not use elevators.
  • Evacuations

    Evacuations are normally directed by University Police or a BERT member due to a perceived hazard, such as a fire or bomb threat, in a facility or area that threatens the welfare of those in close proximity. Evacuees should move at least 300 feet upwind from the hazard and not re-enter the facility or area until the “all clear” is issued. University Police may direct the mode (on-foot or by vehicle) and the direction of travel.

    Facility Evacuation

    BERT and Housing & Residential Programs staff are responsible for directing evacuations of their assigned facilities when there is a perceived hazard or when directed by University Police.

    • Direct occupants to use the nearest safe stairwell/exit to evacuate.

    • Ensure occupants move to the assembly area and are accounted for.

    • Report the status of the evacuation to University Police via emergency call box.

    • Help keep parking lots and streets clear for emergency responders.

    • Ensure people do not enter the facility until the “all clear” is received.

    Zone Evacuation

    The campus is divided into three zones, and evacuation may be directed for one or all of the zones based on the nature and severity of the incident. If a zone evacuation is directed, personnel may seek shelter in facilities in one of the unaffected zones. If the entire campus is directed to evacuate, University Police will direct the mode and the direction in which the campus should evacuate.

 

Emergency Announcements

Code Blue

When ASU issues a Code Blue emergency notification, you need to stop what you are doing, find out what is happening and immediately follow the response instructions.

Campus delay or closing

Visit the emergency notifications website for information about campus delays or closings.

Emergency Contacts

Emergency:
Dial 9-1-1

University Police: 
Dial 325-942-2071

Facility Emergency:
Dial 325-942-2355

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