It’s scary to think about, but an active shooter can strike any place, at any time. That’s why we’re sharing “Surviving an Active Shooter,” a 6-minute video to show Buckeyes what to do if encountered by this life-threatening scenario. The university offers many tools to enhance your safety, including the Buckeye Alert System.
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- Have an escape route and plan in mind
- Leave your belongings behind
- Keep your hands visible
- Your second option should be to hide
- Do not huddle together because it makes one easy target
- Lock and barricade doors and shut off lights
- Fighting is a last reort to be used only when your life is in imminent danger
- Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
- Find an object to use as a weapon, such as a fire extinguisher or chair
Information You Should Provide to the 9-1-1 Operator
- Clarify if you are on The Ohio State University campus
- Location of the active shooter
- Number of shooters, if more than one
- Physical description of the shooter(s)
- Number of potential victims at the location
How to React When Law Enforcement Arrives
- Remain calm and follow officers' instructions
- Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
- Keep hands visible at all times
- Avoid making quick movements toward officers, such as attempting to hold on to them for safety
- Avoid pointing, screaming and/or 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
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