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APSU Campus Police to conduct “Secure in Place” drill, March 13th


Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On the morning of March 13th, 2018, Austin Peay State University will be conducting a campus-wide “Secure in Place” drill. During this drill, we will activate our emergency notification systems (we will not activate the siren/PA system) and ask that the community seek shelter in a secure location.

The purpose of this drill is to get our community to begin thinking about what actions they would take in the event of an emergency.

“Secure in Place” drill to take place Tuesday, March 13th across Austin Peay State University's Campus. (APSU)

“Secure in Place” drill to take place Tuesday, March 13th across Austin Peay State University’s Campus. (APSU)

This drill is not only applicable to the campus environment, but could help if an incident occurs at a retail store, restaurant, or movie theater.

We will use our emergency notification systems to provide an “All Clear” message to return to normal activities.

Below is some information that could help our community prepare for this drill.

Shelter in Place or Secure in Place

The concept of seeking shelter is to provide protection from an outside atmosphere or condition that may be immediately dangerous to life, health or safety.

Our initial advice to Shelter in Place or Secure in Place is our way of informing you that there is a dangerous or potentially dangerous condition and that you should protect yourself, take shelter in a secure place and avoid the area in question. We will provide more specific information and updates as more becomes known about the situation.

Because Sheltering/Securing in Place may be the protective action recommendation for several emergencies with differing risks, and because sometimes the initial recommendation is to Shelter/Secure in Place followed by Relocation, there is no single set of Shelter/Secure in Place procedures.

Armed Intruder | Actual or Potential Violence:

In a dangerous, or potentially dangerous, situation, you must quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. You should seek a safe environment, without endangering others, through evacuation or sheltering.

The concept of seeking shelter is to provide protection from an outside atmosphere or condition that may be immediately dangerous to life, health, or safety.

Protective Action Recommendations:

  • If a person enters your building with a weapon, immediately evacuate the building.
  • If a person is seen outdoors with a weapon, seek shelter in the nearest unsecured building or leave the area.
  • Warn other people in the area, provide assistance as you are able, and try to remain calm.
  • Protect yourself. Hide out, by seeking shelter, and taking cover, in a secure place within a building.
  • Generally speaking, and outside of the Pre-K or K-12 environment, unless you can do so quickly and easily, without exposing yourself to the danger, do not worry about locking the perimeter doors of your building. Consider that other innocents might try to seek refuge inside of your building as well. You should look for small, interior, securable, spaces to hide out in.
  • If you are away from the area involved, stay away.
  • Call 911, when it is safe to do so, if you need help or if you have information relevant to the incident.

Good practices for coping with a potentially dangerous intruder:

  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
  • Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit.
  • If you are in an office, stay there, and secure the door.
  • If you are in a hallway, get into a room, and secure the door.
  • If you cannot get into an office or a room, you should try to escape or improvise another hiding place.

Evacuate or Shelter in Place | Secure in Place | Take Shelter in a Secure Place

  • Escape if you can and avoid the danger.
  • Move out of public areas into an office or classroom, if you cannot escape.
  • Assemble/Account for those whom you are responsible.
  • Close and lock the doors and windows, if possible.
  • Barricade the door if it will not lock.
  • Obstruct sight lines into the secured area.
  • Turn Lights and A/V off, get down, and take cover away from doors and windows.
  • Be quiet, and do not answer or open the door.
  • Wait for police to help you out of the building.




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