Department ofEnvironmental, Health, Safety & Emergency Programs

Lock Down

Campus Safety may initiate an emergency lock down of one or more buildings when there is an imminent threat to the PLU community. Occupants may also initiate a lock down to protect themselves from perceived threat.

  • SHARE the alert message. Use judgement about the safety of doing so.
  • MOVE indoors and to secure classrooms or offices within the building, if it is safe to do so.
    • Be aware that campus buildings will be locked. FIND a safe location to go or hide when locked out. For example, get in your car and drive away, go inside another business, or hide behind a bush.
  • Designated personnel in each building LOCK exterior doors or card access locks will be activated remotely.
  • LOCK interior doors or block them with classroom furnishings or door wedges, if possible.
  • CLOSE windows and blinds, COVER exposed windows, and TURN OFF lights.
  • STAY calm, quiet, low, and out of sight.
  • DO NOT OPEN exterior doors for any reason until an “all clear” is received.
  • DO NOT USE the telephone system to request information.
  • COMMUNICATE specific, known threats to Campus Safety by phone, 253-535-7911, or email,
  • ASSESS the situation and be prepared to move.
    • Be alert if the fire alarm is activated. It likely indicates there is a fire and you should evacuate. It may also be triggered by the perpetrator in order to push a crowd into a target area.

Entrance Door Locks

Campus Safety will remotely activate networked key card access locks on entrance doors. Occupants in some buildings can activate the key card locks on entrance doors by using the lock down pull station. In buildings without key card locks, designated occupants will lock the entrance doors during normal business hours. Know the lock down system and limitations in your building.


What To Do If Outside Or Exposed To Immediate Threat

Atmospheric (biological, chemical, radiological, volcanic) Threat

Close sources of fresh air, such as windows, fireplace dampers, and ventilation systems, when possible, and do not use the elevator. Do NOT move in and out of building. If the threat is severe, relocate within the building to an upper floor away from exterior doors and windows. Select a room(s) which is easy to seal and, if possible, has a water supply and access to restrooms. If you smell gas or vapor, hold a wet cloth loosely over your nose and mouth and breathe through it in as normal a fashion as possible.

Other Actions

If available, take a radio or television to the selected shelter room to track emergency status. Keep telephone lines free for emergency responders. For instance, do NOT call 911 to find out what is going on. Maintain secure position until notified by recognized emergency responders that it is safe to move.