It’s a scenario most people could never imagine happening at Brock University, but one that Campus Security wants to ensure the community is prepared for.
A new training video is being shown across campus to help people clearly understand proper emergency procedures to follow, should the nightmare of an active shooter ever become reality.
“The video emphasizes the importance of knowing your environment — the campus layout — at any given time, staying away from the threat if at all possible, and fighting back only as a last resort,” said Donna Moody, Director, Campus Security Services.
The video is a realistic dramatization of people reacting when a gunman turns up in a campus setting. Initially introduced by the University of Alberta, it has been modified to reflect the Brock community. Several Canadian universities use it as a teaching resource, to help people know how to react if they ever find themselves in a crisis situation.
The new protocol — called Get Out-Hide-Fight — includes elements of the Lockdown/Shelter in Place procedures that have been in place at Brock for years, said Rick Fraser, Campus Security Emergency Management and Life Safety Manager.
If there were ever a life-threatening attacker on campus, the best response is always to safely and immediately evacuate away from danger. If that’s not possible, the second option is to hide in a secure location.
The third choice and absolute last resort, as the video illustrates, is to fight back.
“You might be fighting for your life,” said Fraser, adding that people should only confront a violent attacker if they became trapped in a space with no escape.
Active shooters do not typically respond to reason, so Fraser said people must assume they intend to cause harm.
“This video tells people to disarm and incapacitate the shooter any way possible, improvising weapons from nearby objects,” he said.
“Find an object you can use to strike the shooter with; trip them with a chair; be as aggressive as you can. Do anything you can to stop them.”
Fraser is expecting mixed reactions to the video due to its “realistic and unsettling depiction” of an armed attacker roaming around campus, but believes it will prompt an important discussion that could ultimately lead to saving lives.
“This is all about being prepared. We should not wait until this type of event occurs to ask ourselves, ‘What would I do?’”
Campus Security is available to attend departmental meetings, training sessions and other gatherings to share more information about the new protocol.
For more information, contact Fraser at 905-688-5550, ext. 3130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details of Get Out-Hide-Fight are also available on the new Campus Security Services website.
Viewers should be advised that the video is a realistic dramatization of a life-threatening scenario, and contains scenes that some people may find disturbing.
- Safely evacuate, removing yourself and others from danger
- Make mental notes of exit routes whenever you’re on campus
- If you hear something that could be gunshots, don’t wait — get out
- If you don’t know exactly where the shooting is happening or it’s too late to escape safely, find a secure room or space
- Get behind a lockable door, barricade the door and improvise with any object to prevent someone from entering
- Hide under a desk, in a closet
- Silence your phone
- Turn off the lights
- Stay quiet
- Remain hidden until the police arrive
- If a fire alarm is activated during an active shooter incident, do not evacuate unless otherwise informed by the building’s emergency notification system, Campus Security or Brock’s social media platforms
- This option is a last resort, to be used only if you somehow become trapped by an active shooter in a space with no escape
- Find an object you can strike or trip the shooter with
- Be as aggressive as you can
- Do anything you can to stop them