One of the first tweets Ohio State University's Emergency Management Team sent after an active shooter was reported Monday morning contained three words: run, hide, fight.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
Some social media users were seemingly confused by the verbiage (MOBILE USERS: click here to view).
@OSU_EMFP what does Run hide fight mean??— Ryan McGonigle (@rtm614) November 28, 2016
But those words exemplify the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's suggestions on how to deal with an active shooter situation.
Here's the department's plan:
- Run: A reminder for people to have an escape route mapped out, leave any personal belongings behind, and to keep hands visible if a shooter is spotted.
- Hide: People should hide in an area that's not in the shooter's line of vision. Cell phones should be turned off, and any entry points in to your hiding spot should be barcaded .
- Fight: Officials stress fighting should only be used "as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger," suggesting to try to disable the attacker by throwing items at them.
The department recommends calling 911 during a safe opportunity and providing operators with pertinent information, like the number of shooters, a physical description, a location, and the amount of weapons on the scene.
Read more directly from the government below (MOBILE USERS: click here to view).