CofC holds active shooter training seminars

VIDEO: CofC holds active shooter training seminars
Published: Sep. 8, 2016 at 8:40 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Throughout September the College of Charleston will hold seminars on how to respond to an active shooter situation.

Thursday morning a handful of faculty and staff learned more about the procedures in place on campus.

The College follows the Department of Homeland Security's method of "Run, Hide, Fight".

"It's about getting those wheels turning in people's heads," said Public Safety Officer Madeline Sloan. "It will get them prepared if they were ever to encounter a scenario like this."

The first step in any situation is to be aware of your surroundings.

Some rooms on campus have doors that lock from the outside, and also swing open to the inside.

Sloan said having a door open to the inside allows you to push things up against it in case of an active shooter situation.

Public safety's advice is to always try and run if you can, and get far away.

This means you need to know the layout of the building you're in.

"If you frequent a building on campus, such as having class in there, you want to make sure that you're familiar with the exits," Sloan said.

"I always think about exits for fires, but I've never really thought about shooters when I'm in class," said Erin Davis, a Junior.

For those times where you can't run, you can hide.

"I would look for something that could protect against the bullet, but if you can't then just conceal yourself the best you can," said Ashley Lawrence, who works in the Admission's Office.

"Use tables, chairs, anything you can use to conceal yourself, you want to do that," Sloan said.  "I would say make yourself small as possible."

The other option is to fight, which public safety says is a last resort.

"It's very situational," said Ryan Saffa, who also works in admissions. "I feel you could 'what if' a situation forever, so I just feel it's very situational depending on where you are, and how many shooters there are, and if you have access to something that could help you."

Another tip public safety urged everyone to be aware of, is when you're fleeing the building, don't always go to a designated spot.

They say there could be other dangerous devices in that spot the shooter could have placed there, like what happen in the Columbine shooting.

Public safety suggests following police's orders and getting as far away from campus as possible.

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