Safety and Security
an armed or threatening intruder comes to Grays Harbor College it is very
important that faculty, staff and or students report it immediately and take protective actions. Grays Harbor College has an open campus with four off campus sites, creating unique
challenges when dealing with this type of situation.
Grays Harbor College recommends the following procedures.
see an armed intruder and you are in an office or classroom:
- If you determine that you can get
out to a safe area - GET OUT.
- Call 911. Try to remain calm so
you can give an accurate description of the person or person(s). Note type
of dress, height, weight, sex, and any other characteristics/physical
items that are particular to the individual(s). Report the type of weapon
(if known) and direction of travel or building entered.
- If possible, call Campus
Switchboard (Dial 0 or 532-9020) and report the above information.
- If you cannot get out, lock
and/or block the door(s), close windows and blinds/curtains.
- Turn off lights and all audio
equipment (including cellular phones).
- Stay out of the open areas and
be as quiet as possible.
- Try to remain as calm as
- Keep classroom or office secure
until contacted by law enforcement.
are caught in an open or exposed area and you cannot get into a classroom or
office you must decide upon a course of action:
Look for a safe and secure hiding area. Once in
place try to remain calm. Stay hidden until you can make contact with law
If you think you can safely make it out of the
area do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Attempt to
keep objects (trees, vehicles, trashcans, etc.) between you and the hostile
person. When away from immediate area of danger, summon help and warn others.
If the intruder is causing death or physical
injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to assume a
prone position and lay as still as possible.
Your last option if you are caught and are in
close proximity of the intruder is to fight back. This is dangerous, but
depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all
commands and avoid eye contact.
When law enforcement arrives – obey all their commands.