Grays Harbor College

Safety and Security

Intruder/Active Shooter

If 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.

If you 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 possible.
  • Keep classroom or office secure until contacted by law enforcement.


If you 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 enforcement.   


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.

Playing Dead

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.

If 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




Grays Harbor College
1620 Edward P. Smith Drive
Aberdeen , WA 98520

(360) 532-9020 or toll-free (in WA state) 1-(800) 562-4830
Fax: (360) 538-4299

Off-Campus Locations

Riverview Education Center, Raymond: (360) 875-9466
Columbia Education Center, Ilwaco: (360) 642-9433
Whiteside Education Center, Aberdeen: (360) 533-9733