RUN! HIDE! FIGHT! – Active Attacker Training – Wayne State University

RUN! HIDE! FIGHT! – Active Attacker Training – Wayne State University

November 9, 2019 27 By Kody Olson


For 150 years Wayne State University has been
part of the fabric of Detroit – a beautiful 200-acre campus of green space and walking
paths. Our history is filled with tradition and our
future with promise. But it’s important that all of our students,
faculty and staff are familiar with the actions they must take when confronted with a threatening
situation. If someone with a weapon is on our campus
and is intent on causing bodily harm, it’s imperative that you’re prepared to make
a rational decision that can help you remove yourself from a potentially dangerous scenario. Wayne State police conduct hours of rigorous
training in order to effectively respond to any emergency situation. It’s one of the reasons why we can proudly
say we have one of the safest campuses in Michigan. An incident like this can happen
anywhere. But remember, there is very little chance
that you’ll ever face this kind of threat. Nevertheless, it’s important to be prepared. There’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer
to an active shooter scenario. A crisis situation can occur without warning. And every situation’s different. There are three simple actions to remember
if you’re ever in the vicinity of an attack: Run! Hide! Fight! These steps remind you “what to do” and
“when to do it” and can increase your chances of survival. At Wayne State, we’ve built text message alerts into our communications. Our job, during an emergency is to deliver
a campus-wide message to students, faculty and staff. Your job is to act – fast! SFX – GUNFIRE. If you hear what sounds like gunfire,
stay calm. MALE STUDENT: Was that fireworks? FEMALE STUDENT: I think that was a gunshot… Identify if you’re in immediate danger. Leave your belongings behind. FEMALE STUDENT: Leave it, we need to go! Your first plan of action should be to “RUN!” Evacuate the area as quickly as possible. Figure out the fastest, safest way
to get out of that area. It could be a stairway, a window or a door. When you’re finally in an area on campus
or in Midtown, where you feel safe and sheltered, call the Wayne State Police Department. We recommend that all Wayne State University
students, faculty and staff sign up for broadcast messaging directly to your cell phone. You’ll receive a text the instant Wayne
State’s Crisis Team notifies the university about any potential threat. Go to wayne.edu/safety to sign up. In some situations, running from the scene
isn’t the best option and could be dangerous. When that’s the case, find a safe a place…and
“HIDE!” STUDENT 1: What the… did you just get this?! Try to identify where the threat is taking
place. STUDENT 2: Someone’s out there with a gun! As quickly as possible block entry points
to the area where you’re hiding. Lock or secure the doors as best you can. Make the room you’re in appear to be unoccupied. Turn off the lights, silence your phone. Then, remain calm, stay still and keep quiet. Remember to stay in your secure area until law enforcement arrives. STUDENT 2: Hey get down! We haven’t gotten the all-clear yet! Don’t leave, even if you don’t
hear any activity, you could be walking right into a danger zone. We call this “sheltering in place.” When you can’t RUN – and you can’t HIDE. When you’re left with no other options – only
then, do you “FIGHT!” The Wayne State Police emergency response
time is less than 90 seconds. And statistics show that active shooters are
neutralized within the first 2 to 5 minutes of an attack. So, from the time a call is made, action is
taking place on multiple levels to reduce and ultimately eliminate the threat on campus. When you hear it… SFX GUNFIRE FEMALE STUDENT: Hey…did you hear that? …that’s when
it’s time to react. MALE STUDENT: We’ve gotta’ do something. Find anything around you that’s heavy enough
to use as a weapon. A phone, a heavy book, a fire extinguisher
or a pair of scissors. Whatever it takes to provide you with some
form of protection. And remember – one of your best lines of
defense – is the element of surprise. As a team, you stand a better chance of subduing
the attacker, than working alone does. Distract the attacker by throwing something
across his path, away from your classmates, that are lying in wait. Working together can overpower the attacker. With the attacker down, hold him there as best you can. Call Wayne State Police. And don’t let your guard down. Keep the attacker incapacitated until police
arrive. No matter if you RUN, HIDE, or FIGHT, it’s
important to know how to respond when law enforcement arrives. Remember to remain calm and follow officers’
instructions. Officers won’t always know who the “bad
guys” are, so if told to do so, raise your hands and don’t make any quick movements
toward an officer. The entry team is there
to eliminate the attacker, not to evacuate people from the scene or cater to the wounded. All you need to do is let them finish their jobs. Congratulations. By watching this video, you just took an important step toward being better prepared if you’re ever faced with an active shooter
– here on campus or anywhere. This is a frightening scenario, and no one
wants to think about making these kinds of decisions. But we’re all better off knowing what to do if an attack happens. Remember – the key to saving your life and
the lives of others is rooted in three words – RUN! – HIDE! – FIGHT! SFX: MUSIC