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Deny Entry or Closing (Lockdown) Annex

This annex focuses on the courses of action IHEs will execute to secure IHE buildings, facilities, and grounds during incidents that pose an immediate threat of violence in or around the IHE, such as a crime or bomb threat. The primary objective of a lockdown is to quickly ensure all faculty, staff, students, and visitors are secured in rooms away from immediate danger.

The planning team should consider the following when developing its goals, objectives, and courses of action:

  • How to account for students, staff, faculty, and visitors located in various locations at different points in the day
  • How to secure exterior doors to campus buildings and facilities and when it may or may not be safe to do so
  • How particular classroom and building characteristics (i.e., windows, doors) impact possible lockdown courses of action
  • When to use the different variations of a lockdown (when outside activities are curtailed, doors are locked, and visitors closely monitored but all other activities continue as normal)
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