Active Shooter FAQ
Rose State College Active Shooter DRILL Frequently Asked Questions
In order to share information regarding the upcoming active shooter DRILL on the Rose State campus, frequently asked questions have been collected to address common questions surrounding the exercise.
Active Shooter DRILL Frequently Asked Questions
- Who will be conducting the drill on April 12th?
The Midwest City Police Department SWAT team will be conducting the drill in the vacant Rose State College student union on April 12th, 2018 at 8:30 am.
- When will the drill start, and how long will it last?
Law enforcement participants in the drill will begin arriving to campus as early as 7:15 am. The drill scenario will only last for about 15 mins, but expect drill participants to possibly remain on campus until noon.
- Where will the drill take place?
The active shooter drill will be a campus-wide event. The active shooter portion of the drill will take place in the VACANT Student Center, during the scenario a brief (15 MINUTE) campus lockdown will be ordered as part of the drill. Only law enforcement and previously identified observers are allowed inside the Student Center during the drill.
- What is the purpose of this drill?
Thursday’s active shooter drill will be a joint-operation between Rose State College and the City of Midwest City Police and Fire Departments to ensure that Rose State College has practiced its existing plan/s in the event of an emergency.
- How will the drill affect campus?
During the drill and scenario, certain streets and parts of campus will be closed and identified as closed. We advise students, faculty, staff and the community to avoid the areas if possible. Due to these closures, we advise all Rose State students, faculty and staff to plan accordingly when traveling to and from campus before, during and after the drill. We expect campus to resume normal operations by noon.
- What should students, faculty and staff expect during the drill?
The main part of the drill will take place in the Student Center, however as part of the drill, we will put the campus on lockdown, including all classes. During this time, well will run through campus-wide safety protocol and procedures so that students, faculty and staff are aware of what to do in an active shooter situation or other emergency situations.
As part of the drill, students, faculty and staff may expect to hear loud noises, or see armed law enforcement on campus as we execute the drill scenario. A reminder, this is A DRILL.
- What if I feel anxious, nervous or uncomfortable before, during or after the drill?
- If I am on campus, will I be able to participate or watch the active shooter drill?
To ensure the safety and integrity of the drill, this will be a closed drill scenario. No additional participants or spectators will be allowed into the drill area during the event.
- What if I am walking through campus?
This is a campus-wide exercise that is meant to simulate an actual event. Persons walking through campus should, if close enough to a building, move inside and seek shelter in a classroom. Note that classrooms that are already locked, per our procedure, will not respond to knocks or requests for entry. If personnel are unable to find appropriate interior shelter, they should move to a location that hides them from view. A suggested location is taking refuge in their vehicle until the exercise is complete at 8:45 AM. (Note that in an actual active shooter event, if you are in your vehicle, you should move away from the campus if you are able to safely do so).
- What if I am late to class?
As part of the drill scenario, class doors will be locked as part of campus lockdown (for a 15 minute window). We kindly asked students and faculty to plan accordingly when arriving to campus. If late to class, students will have to wait until the drill scenario ends to enter class.
During the drill, we ask that students who are late to class, to follow the safety procedures outlined above.
- I live in the Rose State College Village (on-campus housing). How should I prepare for the active shooter drill?
All residents of The Village should receive ample warning in advance of the drill and are advised to remain in their apartment until notified that the drill is finished. Residents should turn off sources of noise, such as cell phones and televisions, and keep away from windows. If you are a resident and have reason to be off-campus around the time of the drill, it is requested that you make plans to depart before 8:00am and remain off property until at least 9 am.
- Will real firearms be used?
During this exercise, the Midwest City Police Department will be utilizing their firearms, using “blank” ammunition. This type of ammunition simulates the loud “bang” and muzzle flash of a gun being discharged, however it does not fire an actual bullet. Midwest City Police will be the only personnel utilizing firearms during this event.
- How will you be communicating with campus before, during and after the drill?
Notifications will be sent via email and using the Rave alert system before the drill. The day of drill, we will send out a text message via the Rave system notifying the start and end of the drill.
To opt-in to the Rave Alert system, text RSCAlert to the number 67283 from any mobile device. Standard messaging rates will apply. To update your information within the Rave System, visit www.getrave.com/login/rose.
- Will the classroom phones go off?
The campus will notify classrooms through the college phone system. This will happen in conjunction with the activation of the Raider Alert text notification system for cell phones.
- Should I let my parents and family know about the drill?
We advise all students to inform their parents and family about the drill. We ensure that all students, faculty and staff will be safe during the drill. We advise that parents and family stay off campus before and during the drill.
In the event of a live situation, an area for parents, families and community members will be designated.
- Do we have to participate?
To ensure that Rose State College remains the safest possible environment, we ask that all students, faculty and staff take the active shooter drill seriously, and participate accordingly. It is important that in the event of a live situation, our safety procedures can be executed correctly. To do this, we must practice and hone college procedures.
- Where do I find information on Rose State College’s procedures for handling emergency situations?
The current procedures are found in the Rose State College Emergency Response Plan (February 2018). This plan is available to faculty and staff through the college internal website. In order to maintain operational security of our response procedures, this plan is not available to the general public. However, a redacted version of emergency procedures can be found in the Emergency
“red books” posted in each building. Our college follows the most recent guidance from FEMA and the DHS, which is referred to as “Run, Hide, Fight”.
- If I have more questions who do I call?
General questions or concerns from students, faculty, and staff can be addressed to the Safety office. Unfortunately, for security reasons, we are unable to answer questions related to our exact response procedures.
All questions from media should be directed to the External Affairs/Marketing office at 405-736-0200 Monday through Wednesday (April 9-11th) from 9 am to 5pm. On Thursday (April 12th) contact Tamara Pratt, VP of External Affairs and Marketing at 405-760-2216.