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CT state police explain "Run, Hide, Fight'

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Following the attack at Ohio State University on Monday, Connecticut State Police explained the proper protocol people can take if they find themselves in an active shooter situation. 

In light of today’s events at Ohio State University, we want to take a minute and remind everyone of what they should do if they find themselves in an active shooter/active killing incident. Mental preparation and situational awareness could save your life and the lives of your family, friends and co-workers. Never have the mindset of “it will never happen here”. 

If you hear shots or know of an incident taking place but don’t see the suspect, run
Find an accessible escape path and evacuate as far away as possible
Have escape routes in mind before an incident happens
Leave your belongings behind
Help others escape, if possible
Keep your hands visible
Follow the instructions of any police officers
Do not attempt to move wounded people

If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide 
Be out of the suspect’s view
Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed and locked door, large metal items, vault style doors) 
Do not trap yourself or restrict your options for movement (have a plan B)
To prevent the suspect from entering your hiding place lock the door and blockade the door with heavy furniture
If the suspect is nearby: silence your cell phone and turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)
Remain quiet
Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the suspect’s location
If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen

Take action against the suspect as a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger
Attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the suspect by:
-Acting as aggressively as possible 
-Throwing items 
-Improvising weapons (pens, fire extinguishers, scissors)
Commit to your actions 

Remain calm
If you have information about the suspect relay that to officers 
Follow officers’ instructions
Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets, weapons) 
Immediately raise hands
Keep hands visible at all times
Avoid making quick movements toward officers or holding onto them for safety
Avoid screaming and yelling
Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises

To read more, check out the Active Shooter: How to Respond booklet here.

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