Emergency Response Guide

In today’s environment, it may seem that threats are everywhere and that violence and harm can impact anyone at any time.

While threats are real, our safety and security must be evaluated in context and viewed with the proper perspective.  Being at work, at FGCU, is one of the safest activities in which one can be engaged. That does not mean that we should not remain vigilant and be prepared to act to mitigate those threats that do materialize. However, vigilance must not turn into paranoia or bigotry. 

This Annex provides general information to improve awareness and potential outcomes of some threats that could impact us at any time.  The information can augment specific departmental, facility and/or personal safety plans, but it is not sufficient to replace those plans.  Additionally, some sections of this Annex pose open-ended questions.  To the extent practical, these questions should be addressed in departmental plans.  They may also indicate highly variable situations to be addressed in real-time, as events unfold.  In these cases, we should develop systems and processes to quickly and competently address the issues as they arise.  One of the simplest ways to improve safety and security in any setting is recognizing subtle changes in one’s environment and being willing to act appropriately to address those changes.

Preparedness & Safety

  • Situational Awareness

  • Decision-Making in a Threat Environment

  • Evacuation

  • Fire Alarms

  • Reentry / Re-occupancy

 

Threat Specific Considerations

We have discussed situational awareness and decision-making processes in a general threat environment.  The following pages address several, more specific threat scenarios.  The focus remains on awareness and a willingness to act based on observed behaviors.  In making these observations, focus on the person’s behavior rather than the person’s traits.  Avoid relying on single factors and corroborate critical information. Finally, remember that violence is a dynamic process.  Focus on prevention, not prediction. 

  • Active Shooter

  • Bomb Threat

  • Suspicious Persons, Activities and Events

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning/Tornado Warning

  • Suspicious Packages or Envelopes