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Active Shooter

In general, how you respond to an active shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the situation/or encounter. If you find yourself involved in an active shooter situation, try to remain calm and call 911 as soon as possible. (If possible UTTC Security 701-255-3285 ext. 1200)

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If an active shooter is outside your building or inside the building you are in, you should:

  • Try to remain calm.
  • Try to warn other faculty, staff, students and visitors to take immediate shelter.
  • Proceed to a room that can be locked or barricaded.
  • Lock and barricade doors or windows.
  • Silence cell phones. Turn off radios or other devices that emit sound.
  • Turn off lights. Close blinds.
  • Keep yourself out of sight, stay away from windows and take adequate cover/protection.
  • When taking cover/protection consider concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets, etc.
  • Wait patiently until a uniformed police officer/Sheriff’s Deputy, or a UTTC Campus Official known to you, provides an "all clear".
  • Unfamiliar voices may be an active shooter trying to lure you from safety; do not respond to voice commands until you can verify with certainty that they are being issued by a police officer/deputy or UTTC Campus official.

If an active shooter enters your office or classroom, you should:

  • Try to remain calm.
  • Try not to do anything that will provoke the active shooter.
  • If there is no possibility of escape or hiding, only as a last resort when it is imminent that your life is in danger should you make a personal choice to attempt to negotiate with or overpower the assailant(s).
  • Call 911
  • If the active shooter(s) leaves the area, barricade the room or proceed to a safer location.

If you are in an outside area and encounter an active shooter, you should:

  • Try to remain calm.
  • Move away from the active shooter or the sounds of gunshot(s) and/or explosion(s).
  • Look for appropriate locations for cover/protection (example: brick walls, retaining walls, large trees, parked vehicles).
  • Try to warn other faculty, staff, students and visitors to take immediate shelter.
  • Call 911

What to expect from responding police officers/Sheriff’s Deputies
The objectives of responding police officers/Sheriff's Deputies are:

  • Immediately engage or contain the active shooter(s) in order to stop life threatening behavior.
  • Identify threats such as improvised explosives devices.
  • Identify victims to facilitate medical care, interviews and counseling.
  • Investigation.

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Joely Heavy Runner, Director
UTTC Safety Department
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Bismarck, ND 58504

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