Prepare for the worst: How to prepare for an active shooter


Kyle Schmidt

Interim Police Chief Brownlee and students support victims of shooting on quad.

Brendan Dorsey, Staff Writer

The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College has once again reminded everyone that these tragedies are now common in the U.S. People need to prepare for the worst.

The City of Houston produced the video “RUN.HIDE.FIGHT.” It provides tips on how to prepare and react to an active shooter situation. According to the video, there are three things you can do to make a difference: Run. Hide. Fight.

First and foremost: RUN

-Attempt to evacuate if there is an escape route.

-Evacuate whether others agree to or not.

-Leave your belongings behind.

-Help others escape, if possible.

-Prevent others from entering the area.

-Call 911 when you are safe.

If you can’t get out safely, you need 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 the shooter fires in your direction.

-Not trap or restrict your options for movement.

FIGHT as a last resort, and only if your life’s in danger:

-Attempt to incapacitate.

-Act with physical aggression.

-Improvise weapons.

-Commit to your actions.

-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.

-Your actions can make a difference for your safety and survival. Be aware and be prepared.

Santa Rosa Junior College Interim Police Chief Robert Brownlee will hold an active shooter seminar from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Bertolini Student Activities Center. He will hold a second session at 5-6 p.m. the same day in Newman Auditorium.

The presentation will provide expert guidance for surviving an active shooter situation. Following the presentation, Brownlee will be available to answer questions from the audience. Students are welcome to attend.