An active shooter situation has, unfortunately, become more prevalent on college campuses. This is due to large groups of people gathered in one place with sometimes, not enough security. Educating yourself on these situations before they happen can be
essential to survival.
This video (http://www.byui.edu/university-operations/security-and-safety/active-shooter) produced by the city of Houston, Texas, gives simple instructions on what to do in case of an emergency.
Here are some helpful tips from the video:
- If you can get out, do. Always try to evacuate the area. Encourage others to leave with you, but do not let them slow you down.
- Leave your belongings behind. You are your first priority.
- Call 911 when you are safe. Give as much information as you can, including address, description of shooter, and how many people could be in the building.
2. Hide: If you can’t get out
- Secure your space. Use chairs, tables, desks, and other heavy objects to barricade the door. Turn off the lights and silence your cell phone. You want to be as quiet as possible.
- Any contact you make with others can make a difference. If you are able to contact someone, tell them where you are in the building so if help comes, they can find you.
- If you can’t find a room or closet to hide in, try to conceal yourself behind big objects that offer protection.
3. Fight: A last resort and only when your life’s in danger
- Whether alone or in a group, be prepared to fight.
- Act with aggression and improvise weapons.
- Commit to your actions.
4. When emergency responders arrive
- Remain calm at all times.
- Keep your hands visible at all times.
- Avoid pointing or yelling.
To help prevent this situation, be aware of suspicious people or activities. An active shooter situation is a serious situation. The seemingly small decisions you make could save your life.