When an active shooter incident occurs, the response recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – and utilized during the recent incident at the Ohio State University – is Run Hide Fight. The Tweet from Ohio State's Emergency Management team left many asking what exactly Run Hide Fight means.
An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.
Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.
Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
If you hear shots fired on campus or if you witness an armed person shooting or threatening people (active shooter):
Immediately choose the best way to protect your life. Very quickly, make your best determination of what is occurring and which of the options below will provide the greatest degree of security for you employing the “RUN, HIDE, or FIGHT” protocol.