Run. Hide. Fight. Procedure

This video highlights the RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. steps that everyone should review and understand in advance to help in case of a man-made emergency or active shooter.

An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

Pickup a Free Run. Hide. Fight. Pocket Card

Pocket cards with front and back information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about steps to take during an active shooter or attacker event. 

Pocket cards are available for pickup in the Communications, Student Life, and Security offices at UC Blue Ash.

The pocket card is also available online to view and print.


How to Respond If An Active Shooter/Attacker Event Occurs

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that students are likely to follow the lead of faculty/staff during an active shooter situation.

1. RUN

If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Help others escape, if possible
  • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be
  •  Keep your hands visible
  • Follow the instructions of any police officers
  • Do not attempt to move wounded people
  • Call 911 when you are safe 

2. HIDE

If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you. Your hiding place should:

  • Be out of the active shooter’s view
  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed and locked door)
  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
  • Lock the door
  • Blockade the door with heavy furniture
If the active shooter is nearby:

  • Lock the door
  • Silence your cell phone and/or pager
  • Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)
  • Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)
  • Remain quiet
If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:
  • Remain calm
  • Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location
  • If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen

3. FIGHT

As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
  • Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her
  • Throwing items and improvising weapons
  • Yelling
  • Committing to your actions


Some descriptions and content on Run. Hide. Fight. are taken directly from the Department of Homeland Security for how to properly respond in an active shooter or attacker situation. Full DHS text is available here.


Contact Information

Security: (513) 745-5707
Police Dispath: (513) 556-1111

In case of emergency dial 911