Well, we’ve sunk to the following new low arriving in a school email from university administrative powers –with a standard pre-warning that this is informational only, and not based on a current threat — with an active link to a NYPD Shield Safety Pamphlet included for good measure:
NYPD says: Avoid. Barricade. Confront. (ABC)
DHS says: Run. Hide. Fight.
The words are different, but the three actions are essentially the same:
1. Get out and get away, as quietly and quickly as possible, leaving your belongings behind. Run. Avoid.
2. If you can’t flee, lock or barricade the doors, silence your cell phone and hide. Hide. Barricade.
3. If all else fails, and only as a last resort, attack the shooter with whatever makeshift weapons you can find (scissors, portable fire extinguishers, chairs, etc.) to disarm and disable. Fight. Confront.
Of course, call 911 to report the attack as soon as it is safe for you to do so.
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