If you are located in a building and it is possible to exit safely, follow these steps:

  • Exit the building as quickly as possible and away from the immediate path of danger.
  • Notify anyone you may encounter to exit immediately.
  • While exiting, do not run in a straight line. If possible, use walls, furniture or other objects to block you from the armed subject.
  • Once outside do not run in a straight line. Use trees, vehicles or other objects to block you from view.
  • When you are away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way possible and warn others.
  • If communication is possible, call Lamoni Police, 911, and Dean of Students' office 641-784-5104, providing specific information on your location, the number of armed subjects and persons who may be involved, injuries, etc.
  • Proceed to rally points (golf cart sheds at Lamoni Public Golf Course, Baughman Building, Coliseum movie theatre or Sale Barn).

If you are located in a building and exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

  • Go to the nearest room or office. Do not stay in an open hallway.
  • Close and lock the door.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Barricade yourself in the room with furniture or anything else to secure the door.
  • Seek protective cover.
  • Break a window to escape if no secondary exit exists.
  • Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room. Turn off or silence any electronic equipment that may make noise.
  • Do not answer the door.
  • If communication is possible from an on-campus phone, call Lamoni Police and/or 911.
  • Silence your mobile device.
  • Wait for the local Police to assist you out of the building.

If the shooter enters your classroom or work area:

  • Throw objects at the shooter to distract and disorient him/her.
  • Spill liquid on the floor to cause him/her to slip.  
  • SWARM the intruder and subdue him/her.
  • Stand right beside the door so when he/she enters, you can quickly exit as he/she is entering.

If you are located outside a building and it appears that you can get away safely, follow these steps:

  • Run away from the threat as fast as you possibly can.
  • Do not run in a straight line. Use buildings, trees, vehicles or other
    objects to block you from view.
  • When you are away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way possible and warn others.
  • If communication is possible, call Lamoni Police, 911 or Dean of Students at 641-784-5104, providing specific information on your location, the number of armed subjects and persons who may be involved, injuries, etc.
  • Proceed to rally points (golf cart sheds at Lamoni Public Golf Course, Baughman Building, Coliseum movie theatre or Sale Barn).

If you are located outside a building and running away is not a safe option, consider one of the following recommendations:

  • Quickly assess the area and find a good place to hide.
  • If death or serious physical injury is being caused to others and you
    are unable to run or hide, you can choose to play dead among the victims.
  • You can fight back. This is dangerous, but in some situations it might be the only option.
  • If you are caught by an armed subject and are not going to fight back, do not look your captor in the eyes and obey all commands.
  • Once the local Police arrives, follow their instructions.

What to expect from police officers:

  • Do not run up to them. Stay in your location and show your hands. Their first priority will be to find the assailant to stop any further shooting.
  • Give as accurate information as you have. Description of person (name if you know the person), apparel, gun, and any other details you remember.
  • Stay at the rally point until the all clear is given.

Other recommendations:

  • Minimize cell tower usage as much as possible so that emergency responders are able to communicate.
  • Do not flee in your vehicle when evacuating campus.
  • Confronting the active shooter could save other lives. Any distraction (making noise, spilling drinks on floor to make shooter slip, etc) will thwart the shooter’s plans and potentially lessen injuries.
  • Never touch the weapon with your bare hands. Use a garbage bag from a trash can or the actual trash can to contain weapons until police arrive.

 

 

 

 

 

Media

Please see media page for information about media coverage of an emergency event.

ALICE training will be conducted for all students and employees periodically. ALICE is a proactive set of strategies that increases chance of surviving an active shooter incident. The safety of students and employees is our top priority, and Graceland University is proud to be an ALICE school.

In preparation for training, watch the overview videos below. 

Violence in the Workplace: Active Shooter Response (3:15)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMR7mbgXSEM

 

ALICE Training at Ohio University: Active Shooter Training (3:18)

https://www.alicetraining.com/resources-posts/featured-videos/ohio-university-3/