SYLACAUGA, Ala. (WIAT)- An active shooter situation is a dangerous and frightening time. The seconds and minutes it takes law enforcement to arrive can feel like an eternity. If you know how to react, your chances of remaining safe go up. That’s what “Run, Hide, Fight” is all about. It’s an initiative by the Alabama Department of Homeland Security. “It’s an innovative approach for the common day citizen to take, should they find themselves in an active shooter event,” says Sylacauga Police Chief Chris Carden.
The approach is as simple as it sounds:
RUN: “If you can, run, and getting away from the situation entirely,” says Chief Carden.
HIDE: “If running is not an option, it’s hiding in a secure location,” explains Chief Carden. ”The class teaches the public some ideas on how to hide correctly so they don’t draw attention to themselves while they’re hiding.”
FIGHT: “If it’s gotten that bad, and the metal hits the meat, the public has to protect themselves. It’s unfortunate that we have to train for that.”
Any business in Sylacauga is eligible to receive the training for FREE. If you or your company are interested, call Captain Kelly Johnson at (256) 401-2461.