SECURE - Get Inside. Lock Outside Doors

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The Secure Protocol is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the campus buildings. Whether it's due to violence or criminal activity in the immediate neighborhood, or a dangerous animal in the vicinity, Secure uses the security of the physical facility to act as protection.



The public address for Secure is: “Secure! Get Inside. Lock outside doors” and is repeated twice each time the public address is performed.

“Secure! Get Inside, Lock outside doors.

Secure! Get Inside, Lock outside doors.”



Where mass notification is used in lieu of public address, the message should be similar to “Secure! Get inside.

Lock outside doors.” Or it may include a single building name or portion of the campus.



The Secure Protocol demands bringing people into a secure building, and locking or monitoring all outside access points.

Where possible, educational activities would continue uninterrupted. Events and classes being held outside would be temporarily abandoned and people brought into the nearest building until the situation is resolved.

There may be occasions when people expect to be able to leave the building - end of classes, job commitment, etc. Depending on the condition, this may have to be discouraged.

During the training or orientation, it should be emphasized to students and staff that they may be inconvenienced by these directives, but their cooperation is important to ensure their safety.



There may be physical attributes to the campus that mandate special handling of a Secure event. An example would be a campus where modular buildings are present. If the modular building cannot be secured, it may be best for people to Evacuate to a securable building. Listen for specific additional directives.


If, during a Secure event, an additional hazard manifests (i.e.: fire, flood, hazmat), then additional directives will be given for the appropriate response.