Lockdown is an emergency procedure intended to secure and protect occupants who are at risk from an immediate violent threat. By controlling entry/exit and movement within a facility, emergency personnel are better able to contain and handle any threats. It is essential for the safety of occupants and emergency responders that individuals comply with instructions provided by emergency personnel at all times.

What might trigger a Lockdown procedure

  • Dangerous intruder
  • Active shooter
  • Barricaded suspect

What to do during a Lockdown

  • Find a safe place to hide
    • If you are in a classroom, room or office, stay there. Secure the door and windows and await further instructions
    • If the door does not lock, barricade the door with tables and chairs
    • If you are in public spaces, go to the nearest available room or office that is not already secured, and lock or barricade the door and windows
    • Use assistive devices or durable medical equipment to secure hiding spot (such as parking and locking heavy wheelchairs in front of a door)
    • Close curtains or blinds where possible.
    • Look for hiding places out of view. Stay away from windows and doors
    • Turn off lights and monitors
    • Stay low and quiet
    • Cell phones should be put on quiet or vibrate. Do not make non-essential calls
  • Follow instructions from emergency personnel only
    • If the fire alarm is activated, remain where you are and await further instructions from emergency personnel unless you smell smoke or fire
    • If possible, monitor website and the KPU Safe app
    • For their own safety, emergency personnel must initially consider all individuals as potential threats
    • It is important to follow instructions from police at all times to avoid harm and ensure the best possible response
  • Actions to avoid
    • Do not open the door once it has been secured until you are officially advised “All Clear” by emergency personnel or university officials
    • Do not use or hide in washrooms, if possible
    • Do not travel down long corridors
    • Do not assemble in large open areas (e.g. cafeterias)
    • Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have immediate concern for your safety, the safety of others, or feel you have critical information that will assist emergency personnel in the response