Shooting/Hostage Situation

Any act that could result in a hostage situation will be taken by Humber as a threat to the safety of all employees, students, contractors and visitors.

If you are involved in a situation where someone has entered the campus and has started shooting, the following is a list of actions that are recommended:

  • If you believe that it is safe, exit the building immediately and move far away from the building
  • Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately
  • Assist persons with disabilities exiting the area
  • Notify Toronto Police at 9-911 (internal phone) and The Department of Public Safety at extension 4000 or 416-675-8500

Provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
  • Identification and or description of the shooter(s)
  • Number of persons who may be involved
  • Your location

If you are directly involved in the incident and/or exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

  • Listen for instructions via the public address system
  • Where possible, gather others from open areas
  • Close and lock the door
  • Cover windows, if possible
  • Place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons
  • Lie on the floor or crouch behind desks. BE QUIET
  • Silence cell phones or devices that generate noise
  • DO NOT answer the door
  • Call 911 if you have specific information about the threat
  • Do not evacuate until contacted by the Toronto Police Service or the Department of Public Safety

Provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Location of the incident (be specific as possible)
  • Identification and description of the shooter(s)
  • Number of persons who may be involved
  • Your location
  • Wait for Toronto Police or a Security Officer to assist you out of the building (which may include raising your arms demonstrating that you have no objects in your hands)

WHAT TO DO IF TAKEN HOSTAGE:

  • Be patient. Time is on your side. Avoid drastic action
  • The initial 45 minutes are the most dangerous. Follow instructions, be alert and stay alive. The captor is emotionally unbalanced
  • Don't speak unless spoken to and then only when necessary. Don't talk down to the captor who may be in an agitated state. Avoid appearing hostile. Maintain eye contact with the captor at all times if possible, but do not stare. Attempt to establish a rapport with the captor
  • Try to rest. Avoid speculating. Comply with instructions as best you can. Avoid arguments. Expect the unexpected
  • Be observant. You may be released or you may be able to escape. The personal safety of others may depend on your memory
  • Be prepared to answer the police on the phone. Be patient, wait. If medications, first aid, or restroom privileges are needed by anyone, say so. The captor, in all probability, does not want to harm persons held by him/her