To help keep the Case Western Reserve community safe, the university’s Division of Public Safety has shifted to the federally supported Run. Hide. Fight. active-aggressor response training.
This shift also means CWRU Alerts—via email, text, social media and website messages—will now encourage individuals to follow “Run. Hide. Fight.” protocol.
“This move to Run. Hide. Fight. training will not only better prepare our community for a potential active-aggressor situation,” said Megan Koeth, executive director of public safety. “It will also help us more clearly communicate the actions people need to take if such an emergency occurs.”
Through its Run. Hide. Fight. protocol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommend that individuals experiencing an active-aggressor situation—e.g., a shooting—run or hide, depending on what’s safest in that moment. The fight option is a last resort.
Training on campus
Since switching from the ALICE method to Run. Hide. Fight. earlier this year, Public Safety staff members have trained hundreds of faculty, staff and students.
During the approximately one-hour training, available by request, attendees get an in-depth look into an active-shooter or -aggressor situation while learning tactical advantages during an armed-intruder incident.
Public Safety will offer training sessions open to the entire CWRU community Friday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 20, both at 1 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. After this initial training, follow-ups can be done within individual departments for demonstrations of the practical techniques.
*The university acknowledges that “run” is not an action that may be physically possible for all members of the campus community; however, for the sake of brevity and clarity in emergency messaging, and in line with the federal Run. Hide. Fight. program, this term will be used. Individuals should flee the area using whatever means of which they are capable.