Violent Threat

Violent threats are extremely rare, but they do require specific actions and reactions. Depending on whether the violent incident is occurring off campus or on campus, you may be instructed to hold and secure or lockdown, respectively - each involves a series of measures that are intended to minimize risk to students and staff until civil authorities are able to take control of the situation.

Hold and Secure

If a situation involving a violent attacker armed with a deadly weapon is taking place off campus, is on-going and has the potential to move onto campus, University community members may be instructed to hold and secure.

What is hold and secure?

Hold and secure involves a series of measures intended to minimize risk to you and others until authorities are able to take control of the situation going on nearby.

During a ‘hold and secure’ alert, you must remain inside the building you’re in when you were advised of the incident. If you’re outside, seek safety by entering the nearest building and stay inside until further notice. Locate an area where it would be acceptable to lockdown in case the situation escalates and moves onto campus.

DO:

  • Stop all study and work activities
  • Seek safety inside a building
  • Keep away from doors and windows
  • Locate an area where you can hide and barricade yourself inside, if necessary.
  • Warn others as you encounter them
  • Stay tuned into uoAlert for notice of an escalation or an all clear
  • Use the washroom facilities as needed, but return to your space immediately afterwards
  • Make alternate arrangements for other obligations or appointments you may have
  • Prepare mentally for an escalation to lockdown
  • Remember that when faced directly with a violent attacker, Escape-Cover-Hide ; as last resort, prepare to take measures to defend yourself violently
  • Remain calm, and help others do the same
  • Be patient, as this will likely last several hours

DON'T:

  • Don’t react to alarms, such as fire alarms, unless fire is evident.
  • Don’t move from your hiding place unless it’s no longer safe to stay there, or until authorities declare it safe to leave.
  • Don’t call Protection or 911 if your situation is a matter of personal discomfort or stress. Keep the lines open for medical emergencies, dangerous situations or critical information related to the threat.

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Lockdown

If a situation involving a violent attacker armed with a deadly weapon is taking place on campus, University community members will be instructed to lockdown.

What is a lockdown?

A lockdown involves a series of measures that are intended to minimize risk to students and staff until civil authorities are able to take control of the situation.

During a lockdown, you must remain inside the building you’re in when you were advised of the incident. If you’re outside, seek safety by entering the nearest building and stay inside until further notice. Find a place to hide and remain quiet. Make a plan and prepare to protect or defend yourself by any means.

If a violent attacker armed with a deadly weapon is in your immediate vicinity, be ready to escape, hide, or, if your life is in imminent danger, defend yourself violently until you can get away.

DO:

  • Stop all activities
  • Hide, stay quiet and remain out of sight
  • If you’re in an open area, outside look for the nearest building and move there as quickly as you can to hide
  • Warn others as you encounter them
  • If you’re inside a building, find a closed room or area
  • Secure the area by locking and/or barricading the doors; if you can’t lock or barricade the doors, make sure they’re properly closed
  • Turn off the lights and close the blinds; try to make the room appear unoccupied
  • Keep away from doors and windows and hide behind furniture if you can; otherwise, stay low to the ground and out of sight
  • Set your cell phone to silent and avoid using it unless you’re reporting information about the attacker’s whereabouts or an injured person, and ONLY if it’s safe to do so
  • Remain calm and quiet and help others do the same
  • Prepare to protect or defend yourself by any means
  • Make a plan with others in your space to take action as a group, if the time comes

DON’T:

  • Don’t react to alarms, such as fire alarms, unless fire is evident.
  • Don’t open doors to anyone unless you are certain it is safe to do so; wait to be advised by authorities.
  • Don’t move from your hiding place unless it’s no longer safe to stay there, or until authorities declare it safe to leave.

In imminent danger

If a violent attacker armed with a deadly weapon is in your immediate vicinity, be ready to escape, hide, or, if your life is in imminent danger, defend yourself violently until you can get away.

Escape

Get away from the danger as quickly as you can and report the incident to Protection Services or to 911 once you’re safe.

Hide / Cover

  • If you can’t get away from the danger, look for a place where you can hide (lockdown).
  • Secure the area as best you can by locking and barricading the door.
  • Take cover under or behind furniture and ensure cell phones and other sources of sound are turned off or silenced.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and the situation. If an opportunity arises to escape, do so!
  • Prepare for the situation to escalate and to defend yourself violently as a last resort; look around for items you can use as a weapon; plan with any others in the space with you. There is strength in numbers!

Defend

IF YOUR LIFE IS IN IMMINENT DANGER and you cannot escape or hide, FIGHT BACK VIOLENTLY. Do not stop until you’re certain you can get away from the danger, then do so!

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