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N.Y. State Homeland Security: 'Run. Hide. Fight.' In Active Shooter Situation

May 21, 2018 - 4:22 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- “Run. Hide. Fight.” is a new initiative from the New York state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, geared toward helping people survive an active shooter situation.

Commissioner Roger Parrino explained that “run, hide, fight” is not meant to be a succession of steps like “stop, drop, and roll.” Rather, he explained that it is up to an individual to figure out what to do depending on the situation.

“’Run,’ meaning get away from the attacker. The more distance you get, the more time you buy, then you have a better chance of surviving. ‘Hide’ is getting yourself in a position where you cannot be found, so this would be cover and concealment. If it’s in an office, you want the door locked or blocked. And ‘fight’ – when you can no longer run or hide, you then choose to confront whatever it may be with whatever you have to slow him down, stop him, or prevent him from continuing,” Parrino said.

Parrino added that as hard as it may be, it is important for parents to teach their children how to hide.

“They can make this a game. You can go to the shopping center, and you can talk to a child about, ‘If I wanted you to hide, where would hide?’ and have the child walk you through the scenario of where you hide. And then you can discuss the good points or bad points of what the child picked as the location, and then reward them when there’s a good location,” Parrino said.

Parrino also advised turning off cellphones or putting them on silent mode, because noise from the phone could give your position away.