The following video, produced by the City of Houston in coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, includes a realistic dramatization of an active shooting incident to help viewers grasp the importance of a serious response.
Some may find a portion of the video disturbing and may wish to watch with a friend. Alternatively, other resources on Eagle’s Nest cover the main points of this video in written form. Understanding these options will prepare you in case you ever find yourself in a violent situation.
PCC’s annual orientation process for students and employees emphasizes personal safety practices and available resources. It stresses the importance of maintaining situational awareness, observing and reporting unusual activities or behaviors, responding to fire alarms and critical alerts, and identifying what to do and who to call for various situations. All students and employees are encouraged to subscribe to critical alerts and keep the Safety and Security phone number where it can be quickly accessed at any time. Security and law enforcement personnel on campus can be quickly dispatched to respond to concerns that are communicated, and have fast access to backup assistance.
A Self Defense Seminar for females is offered annually and adds intelligence gathering methods and self-defense techniques. It discusses how to reduce risks, recognize danger signs, combat threats if confronted, and learn simple escape tools.
Regular personal review of safety protocol is encouraged. Participating in passive drills to rehearse active threat response increases personal confidence.
Specialized training is available to groups and departments and is provided routinely for leadership groups who are likely to be first responders in a residence hall, work area, or outreach ministry. PCC Safety and Security welcomes requests to provide training.
During critical alert tests, you will be encouraged to participate in a passive drill to gain experience in thinking through the best response in your current location to an active threat. You can do this by yourself or with friends or roommates. While the critical alert test provides an ideal opportunity, it is wise to rehearse your personal response as frequently as necessary to gain confidence in your ability to respond.
Take a few minutes to rehearse what you would do if an active threat entered through a door near you, where you are right now. Would your best action be to run, hide, or fight?
If running would be your best option, where would you run?
Do not run where you would be an easy target. Disburse and do not gather as a group. Avoid open areas and seek a place to hide far away from danger.
If hiding is necessary, where you would hide?
Find a place out of sight, preferably behind strong furniture. Silence your cell phone, stay quiet, turn off lights, don’t answer work phone.
If you had no choice but to fight, what could you use around you to fight?
Don’t fight fair – fight to incapacitate the threat quickly! What objects nearby could you use – maybe a heavy fire extinguisher? Having multiple people rush the threat together can be very effective.
Maintaining situational awareness and readiness to take action quickly can be essential to your safety in a rapidly developing situation.
QUESTIONS about Run/Hide/Fight?
Email Security@pcci.edu. PCC is eager to help you glean the knowledge that best assures your readiness to respond.
For more information, please see what to do in an Active Threat.