Ohio State University Attack: What Does ‘Run Hide Fight’ Mean?

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There was an attack at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, where at least nine people were stabbed and a suspect was killed. The OSU Emergency Management team tweeted the alert 9:56 a.m., telling students to “Run Hide Fight.” Subsequent tweets asked students to stay away from the university if they are not on campus or seek shelter.

Some are wondering what “Run Hide Fight” means. It’s a plan devised by the Department of Homeland Security on how people should handle active shooter situations.

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The plan states that, if there is an active shooter in your area, to first run – plan an escape route, leave your belongings and keep your hands visible.

If you can’t escape, hiding is the next option. Homeland Security suggests you hide in an area out of the shooter’s view, make sure that the shooter cannot enter the room where you are hiding and make sure your cell phone is silent.

As a last resort, Homeland Security suggests fighting if your life is in “imminent danger.” You should “attempt to incapacitate the shooter” and “act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.”

Homeland Security also has suggestions on how to act once law enforcement arrives on the scene. You should remain calm and always follow their instructions. Put down any items you are carrying and keep your hands visible at all times. Don’t make quick movements or yell, point or scream. Also, don’t ask officers for help when leaving the scene. The Columbus Police Department asked that people stay out of officers’ way while working.

The idea behind Run Hide Fight came from the City of Houston, which posted a video explaining the plan on YouTube in 2012. Since it was posted the video, seen below, has been seen over 5.4 million times.

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event – EnglishSurviving an active shooter event. English version. Video Copyright © 2012 City of Houston.2012-07-23T17:26:02Z

In September 2015, OSU also posted the following video called “Surviving an Active Shooter.”

Surviving an Active ShooterIt’s scary to think about, but an active shooter can strike any place, at any time. For this reason, The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the Office of Student Life, has released this video to educate its campus community. Your safety is our number one priority, so please take a…2015-09-24T02:02:30Z

OSU has also asked people to only call 911 if you have new information on the situation. Classes have been cancelled for the rest of the day. A university spokesman confirmed to the Associated Press that a suspect was shot and killed. Police also told the AP that the suspect drove onto a curb and stabbed the victims with a butcher knife. It’s been reported that the suspect was an 18-year-old man from Somalia named Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

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