A new video produced for Public Safety and Institutional Assurance at IU has been added to ongoing training efforts across all campuses to help students and staff feel prepared -- not frightened -- by news of active shooter or aggressor attacks.
The dramatic video walks viewers through the Run Hide Fight strategy, which IU has adopted and details on the Protect IU website. While the 6-minute video is informative on its own, it is designed to supplement active aggressor training and presentations provided to students and staff by IUPD and emergency management staff.
Public safety staff want students and staff to remember three words if faced by a deadly attack: Run. Hide. Fight.
"We want everyone to understand this strategy, which is considered a best practice by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security," Superintendent of Public Safety Benjamin Hunter said. "These life-altering attacks are rare but as we all know, they can happen, so it's important to have a plan no matter where you are."
The video, produced by Train918 in Indianapolis, includes IUPD officers from IU Bloomington and IUPUI and scenery from most of the campuses. Familiar faces include John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs; Hunter; IUPD Capt. Craig Munroe; IUPD Detective Kimberly Minor and John Summerlot, director of Veteran Support Services and an emergency management instructor at the IU School of Public Health. Students and some staff members participated as extras and paid actors.
Accuracy was important. IUPD oversaw video production and the script was reviewed by a variety of officers, many of whom are Indiana Law Enforcement Academy instructors and have been through FBI and Homeland Security training on this topic.
"Emergency preparedness starts with the individual, so students, faculty and staff need to think in advance of what they can and should do given a shooter situation," Carlos Garcia, acting director of IU Emergency Management and Continuity, said. "While not every emergency is the same, and a specific situation may dictate fighting first, or hiding first -- or even some other specific action, Run Hide Fight as portrayed in this video provides a real-life depiction of the basic actions that could save a person’s life if faced with an armed person wherever they may be."
IU students and staff can learn more about safety training opportunities by visiting Protect IU.