Run.Hide.Fight Action Steps

RUN: Evacuate If Possible.

  • If there is considerable distance between you and the gunfire/armed person, quickly move away from the sound of the gunfire/armed person. If the gunfire/armed person is in your building and it is safe to do so, run out of the building and move far away until you are in a secure place to hide.
  •  Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your hands visible to law enforcement.
  • Take others with you, but do not stay behind because others will not go.
  • Call 911 or x74343 when it is safe to do so. Do not assume that someone else has reported the incident. The information that you are able to provide law enforcement may be critical, e.g. number of aggressors, physical description and identification, number and type(s) of weapons, and location of the aggressor.

HIDE: Conceal Yourself in a Silent and Safe Space.

  • If the aggressor is in close proximity and you cannot evacuate safely, hide in an area out of the armed person’s view.
  • Choose a hiding place with thicker walls and fewer windows, if possible.
  • Lock doors and barricade with furniture, if possible.
  • Turn off lights
  • Silence phones and turn off other electronics.
  • Close windows, shades and blinds, and avoid being seen from outside the room, if possible.
  • If you are outdoors and cannot RUN safely, find a place to hide that will provide protection from gunfire such as a brick wall, large trees or buildings.
  • Remain in place until you receive an “all clear” signal from HOYAlert.

FIGHT: Take action to disrupt or incapacitate the aggressor.

  • As a last resort, fight. If you cannot evacuate or hide safely and only when your life is in imminent danger, take action.
  • Attempt to incapacitate or disrupt the actions of the aggressor.
  • Act with physical aggression toward the aggressor.
  • Use items in your area such as fire extinguishers or chairs.
  • Throw items at the aggressor if possible.
  • Call 911 or x74343 when it is safe to do so.

Immediately after an incident:

  • Wait for Local Law Enforcement officers to assist you out of the building, if inside.
  • When law enforcement arrives, students and employees must display empty hands with open palms.
  • You may be handcuffed by the police