Lockdown / Active Shooter

It is an unfortunate reality that we must even consider the possibility of an active shooter or other threat of violence. However, preplanning for such an incident will be your best chance for surviving. How you respond will be dictated by the specific incident. Know your escape routes, know how you will respond, and be prepared to "flip the switch" from being a victim to protecting yourself.  

The guidelines below are based on the best available information. Law enforcement recommends you familiarize yourselves with each scenario and the options provided so you can make the best decisions for yourself in an active shooter situation.  


When there is an active shooter incident on campus...

...and you are currently in a safe location, such as a classroom or an office:


When there is an active shooter incident on campus...

...and you are located in a common area, like the library or an open study area:


How to respond when Law enforcement arrives on scene

  1. How you should react when law enforcement arrives:

    • Remain calm, and follow officers instructions
    • Avoid pointing, yelling, or screaming
    • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
    • Keep hands visible at all times
    • Avoid making quick movements towards officers such as attempting to hold them for safety
    • Do not stop to ask officers for help or directions when evacuating. Just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises.
  2. Information you should provide to law enforcement or 911 operator:

    • Location of the victims and active shooter
    • Number of shooters, if possible
    • Physical description of shooter(s) (if known. Do not provide incorrect information based on conjecture)
    • Number and type of weapons, if known, being used by shooter(s)
    • Number of potential victims at your location

Clark College Security is unarmed and WILL NOT enter the area without the escort of police officers.  If it is safe to do so Security will assist with lockdowns, evacuations, (if the command is given) crowd control, and assist responding emergency agencies.


Recognize signs of potential violence

An active shooter may be a student, faculty member, staff, or someone who may have wandered onto campus.  Alert security immediately if you believe anyone exhibits any potential violent behavior. Indicators of potentially violent behavior may include one or more of the following: