CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio State students and staff were told to ‘run, hide, fight’ to survive.
One agency from the Miami Valley is going across the country to spread the word about how you can survive an active threat.
In a matter of seconds, your day or your life can change.
Police say it’s what you do in those seconds that count.
“You have to do something. The days of just sitting back and waiting for law enforcement to respond are over.” An all-call to everyone listening.
“These people have studied tactics of the past and they’ve altered their methods of attack based on that. So we need to get the public on board,” said Officer John Davis who serves as the President of the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association.
His goal? To educate, to inform on active threat scenarios. A goal rooted in life and death.
“They need to know that their job is to survive for that two and a half to three minutes.”
That’s the average response time for law enforcement to arrive at the scene. He says what you do in those minutes, those seconds, should count.
“Complacency is our biggest enemy. When the public doesn’t think it’s ever going to happen. They don’t think about what they’re going to do,” he said.
Officer Davis says running, hiding or fighting are your three options in any active situation. In the wake of tragic situations… “Go down the list. Columbine, Aurora, Sandy Hook. They all started right where we are now.”
An opportunity emerges to possibly save lives.
“You have to accept the thing that it can happen here, and prepare yourself for it,” he said.
A reality that sets in in a matter of seconds.
Officer Davis says any business, organization or group can contact the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association to schedule active threat scenario training.