‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ Here’s a guide to survive an active shooter event

According to Time Magazine, there have been 23 college campus shootings in 2015. From a campus safety perspective, Norwich has been thinking about and planning for this issue for a long time. We have our siren, which indicates that everyone should shelter in place, and we have the RAVE communications system, which we use to send messages to the phone, email and texting contacts you have provided in your Banner profile. We have practiced how to shelter in place and we regularly test our siren and RAVE systems.
The reality is that no organization can plan for every scenario. Over the years we have learned that these types of campus shooter events can play out in a matter of minutes any time, any where and for any range of reasons. The new conventional wisdom says that you should do what makes the most sense to save your life in the moment.

I am urging everyone in the Norwich community to watch a five-minute video that explains this. “Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an active shooter event,” is a Department of Homeland Security grant-funded project of the Regional Catastrophic Planning Initiative and produced by the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security.
The video is available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0
In an active shooter situation, your survival may depend on whether you have a plan. The plan does not have to be complicated. According to the video, there are three things you can do:
RUN: When an active shooter is in your vicinity and if there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate. Evacuate whether others agree to or not. Leave your belongings behind. Help others escape if possible. Prevent others from entering the area, and call 911 when you are safe.
HIDE: If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide. Lock and/or blockade the door. Silence your cell phone. Hide behind large objects. Remain very quiet.
Your hiding place should: Be out of the shooter’s view; provide protection if shots are fired in your direction; not restrict your options for movement. FIGHT: As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Act with physical aggression. Improvise weapons. Commit to your actions. If others are with you, share your plan with them.
Furthermore, first responders on the scene are not there to evacuate or to tend to the injured. They are well-trained and are there to stop the shooter.
When law enforcement arrives: Remain calm and follow instructions. Keep your hands visible at all times. Avoid pointing or yelling. Know that help for the injured is on its way.
There will be a lag between when shooting starts and when the Norwich alarm systems will be activated. These events can be over in a matter of a few minutes. If you are in close proximity to the shooter do NOT wait. Run, hide or fight.
Your actions can make a difference for your safety and survival. Be aware and be prepared. Run – Hide – Fight.

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