Active Shooter: Run, Hide, Fight

What do you do in the event of an active shooter?

Editor’s Note: In a study of 160 active shooter situations from 2000-2013, the FBI found that 70 percent of the incidents occurred in business and educational facilities. In 60 percent of the incidents the active shooter situation ended before the police arrived. As a community that is based on education, will we make an effort to utilize our available resources and learn what to do if such an event arises?

On September 10, Keith Morris Chief of Security at Northampton Community College, held the presentation called Run, Hide, Fight presentation for faculty, staff, and students about what to do in the event of an active shooter on campus. During the presentation, Morris discussed what one should do – from barricading the doors and hiding or as a last resort – to fight.

Morris talked about the academic facilities and the on-campus dorms. A presentation was given to the freshman students living on campus when they moved into the dorms to make them aware of what to do in the event of an active shooter. Morris said “Building Marshals and RAs should be attending these classes,” because in the event of an active shooter situation people will be looking to them for help.

Morris stressed that all faculty must always be aware of their students and to be prepared in case of such an event. A member of the faculty asked, “Do you want more students to attend these presentations?” Morris answered,”Yes, and I will go to any class and give the Run, Hide, Fight presentation to the class if they wanted.”

Morris also spoke about an on-campus program called Stop the Bleed. This class provides training on how to properly treat severe wounds. It is run by John Evans who teaches Emergency Services on the main campus of NCC.

The Run, Hide, Fight presentation on active shooter situations will be held again at the Monroe campus on September 17th in Pocono Hall 108 at 11 a.m. and in Bethlehem on the main campus on September 26th in College Center 146 at 11 a.m.