A Lockdown is a procedure used when there is an immediate threat to the building occupants and there is a need to stop access to all or a portion of the buildings on campus.
In the event of a Lockdown, secure yourself in a room and do not leave until the situation has been resolved. This allows emergency responders to secure the students and staff, address the immediate threat, render first aid if needed, and remove any innocent bystanders from immediate danger to an area of safe refuge.
If the event is an Active Shooter Scenario taking place inside the building where you are located, your best chance of survival may be to get out of the building as quickly as possible, so be aware of the situation. In an active shooter event: Run, Hide, Fight. View our Active Assailant Preparedness page to learn about what actions to take.
If you are INSIDE the building:
Lock exterior doors only if the threat is OUTSIDE the building and it is safe to reach the doors.
Call Temple Police (1-1234) or 911 as soon as you are able. Provide as much information as possible to the police.
Notify other building occupants of “Lockdown” status if possible.
Close, lock, and barricade interior doors, if possible.
HIDE in your room or office.
WAIT until emergency personnel give you an “All Clear.” When this directive is given, you may leave.
If you are OUTSIDE the building:
Do not enter the building.
Go far away from the building(s) under lockdown.
Find a safe location and stay there.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SAFE AREA until you receive an "All Clear" directive from emergency personnel or by TUalert.
Await additional emergency notification in the form of a TUalert. Check the University’s website and social media sites for updates and further information as it becomes available.
Do not call the location on Lockdown as you may endanger lives.
Call Temple Police (1-1234) or 911 if you have relevant information.
TUsiren: If you hear the outside warning siren (TUsiren), the message is to "Get Indoors" immediately. In the event that the TUsiren is activated, a TUalert will be sent and the Temple website will be updated with more information. If you are unsure, get inside, secure yourself, close all doors, remain quiet and still.