What to do in an active shooter event

Posted at 1:28 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 13:28:02-04

COVINGTON, Ky. – After a gunman killed and wounded several people at an Oregon Community College Thursday, local police offered residents with advice in case they should ever encounter an active shooter.

Covington police shared a video called “RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.” that was funded by the Department of Homeland Security. In it, a dramatized shooting unfolds in an office.


We have posted this before. In light of yesterday's tragic event in Oregon, we think it's important to get it out there...

Posted by Covington Police Department on Friday, October 2, 2015

The video offers the following advice:

  • Run and evacuate the building if possible. Don’t bring anything, and stop others from going toward the danger.
  • If escape isn’t possible, hide. Secure the hiding place by locking doors, turning out lights and silencing cell phones. Remain quiet and calm.
  • As a last resort, fight the shooter. Improvise weapons if possible, and try to disarm the shooter.
  • When law enforcement arrives, remain calm and follow their instructions. Keep hands visible.

As active shooter incidents have become increasingly common, local police have been holding regular drills. Local colleges also have plans in place.

It's also a good idea for students to sign up for text message alerts; you can find emergency notification resources for Tri-State universities and colleges below: