Active Threat

If you are involved in a situation where someone has entered the area, the following is a list of actions that are recommended. These kinds of incidents are unpredictable. The guidelines provided are based on past experiences.  Other actions may be necessary. If the individual posses an immediate threat to you, you may need to act using your best judgment.

Run, Hide, Fight

If you can safely leave the area:

  • Exit the building immediately ("Run").  Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building also.
  • Leave the campus if you can safely do so. Attempt to let a supervisor or fellow worker know that you are leaving so that everyone can be accounted for.
  • Call 911 and the Middlebury College Department of Public Safety at 443-5911.
  • Give the dispatcher the following information:
  1. Your name
  2. Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
  3. Number of armed people involved (if known)
  4. Identification or description of armed persons
  5. Number of persons who may be at risk
  6. Your contact information and location

If you are at immediate risk and exiting the building is not possible:

  • Go to the nearest room or office ("Hide").
  • Close and lock the door.
  • Cover the door windows.
  • Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
  • DO NOT answer the door.
  • Be aware that a fire alarm might have been pulled by an intruder.
  • Identify/obtain an object in the room that can be used to incapacitate the armed person if she/he enters the room.
  • If possible, call (or text only if you cannot speak safety) 911 and call the Middlebury College Department of Public Safety, 443-5911.
  • Give the dispatcher the following information:
  1. Your name
  2. Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
  3. Number of armed people (if known)
  4. Identification or description of armed people
  5. Number of persons who may be at risk
  6. Your contact information and location
  • Wait for local police or security to assist you out of the building.

If an armed intruder enters the room and you are in immediate danger:

  • Commit mentally to incapacitating the intruder ("Fight")
  • Strike the intruder with an object and continue to strike until the intruder is incapacitated.
  • Yell as you fight.
  • Call 911 when possible.