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Emergency response to an Hostile Individual

By Elshaday Yilma
Guest Writer

Run  Hide    Fight

        When people find themselves in an active shooter situation, panic and disorientation are common reaction, but knowing what to do ahead of time can increase people’s chances of surviving this type of emergency situation.
One of the increasing action step is to run, hide,or fight. The phrase “Run Hide Fight®” is a registered trademark of the City of Houston, and has been adopted by several agencies, organizations and college campuses across the country.

On Monday November 28th at approximately 9am, an Ohio State University (OSU) student drove his car into pedestrians then proceeded to stab students with a butcher knife. The attacker, who was later identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was fatally shot by a university police officer a few minutes after the attack started. There were eleven wounded people and one in critical condition.
A Somali native and a United States citizen, Artan graduated cum laude from Columbus State Community College before enrolling at Ohio State this year. He was featured in The Lantern, OSU’s student newspaper in August. In the article, Artan expressed that he was uncomfortable praying in public and accused the media of portraying Muslims in a negative way.

OSU President Michael Drake did not comment on a possible motive, saying the investigation was ongoing.
He cautioned people to let the investigation proceed without jumping to conclusions. “What we want to do is really unify together, support each other, do our best to support those who were injured in their recovery, and then allow the investigation to take place, and not jump to conclusions that could in fact create a bad situation where one doesn’t exist,” Drake said.

Although Drake sustained from releasing any leads the police had into the motive of Artan’s motive, he applauded the school’s Public Safety for taking immediate action. Around 9:50am, the campus police sent a notification that set off a campus-wide lockdown and a mass active shooter alert.

Similar to the hostile persons’ drill Berea College Public Safety conducted in the Science Building and Emery Hall, OSU students had gone through active-shooter training. This enabled them to promptly respond to the “Run Hide Fight” instruction the campus police sent out during the attack.

Run Hide Fight is now nationally used as a protocol for active-shooter situations is promoted at universities and workplaces. It has gained attention after the 2012 safety-training video created by the city of Houston, with funding from the Department of Homeland Security. It was produced after the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012.

According to the City of Houston Department of Homeland Security, individuals who choose to run should have an escape route and plan in mind, leave your belongings behind, and keep your hands visible; choosing to hide is a second option, people should not huddle together as it makes one easy target, and doors must be lock and barricade with lights shut off; and people should engage in fighting only as a last resort when one’s life is in imminent danger, one should attempt to incapacitate the active shooter, and find an object to use as a weapon such as a fire extinguisher or chair.

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