"I'm Ready!" Responding to Dangerous Situations
For the month of February 2016, members of the Titan community are encouraged to take some time to learn what to do when confronted with a dangerous situation.
STEP ONE: Awareness
The most obvious way to avoid dangerous situations is to stay away from those situations in the first place. Some good ideas are to walk in pairs, especially at night, park only in lighted areas with other people visible, stay alert in public spaces and always note exits.
STEP TWO: Say something
Studies show that people that use violence, especially weapons, go through a process before they express that violence. Typically those individuals say or do something that is strange or out of the ordinary and often gives clues or make statements that express their frustration or anger. These are signs that should not be ignored, so if you see something or overhear something that does not seem right, tell someone – a faculty member, an advisor, or a police officer. It may be the thing that disrupts the path to violence.
STEP THREE: Talk about it
Engage others in what to do. Talk to roommates, colleagues, friends and family. Ask faculty to spend a few minutes in class to talk about what to do and what options there are for that classroom. The iFullerton app has NEW features for Emergency Preparedness, How to Respond and Weather.
STEP FOUR: Be ready to act
When confronted with a dangerous person, usually with a gun, be ready to "Run, Hide or Fight." This mantra, endorsed by law enforcement agencies across the country, remind us that the best action to take is to "Run" or move away from trouble as quickly as possible. The next option, if getting away is not possible, is "Hide." The best way to hide, is to move into a safe, lockable location, silence electronic devices and wait for authorities to release you. The last option and the most difficult to accept is to "Fight." Fighting back is the last resort. It is using the element of surprise if possible, then using whatever strength and items you can find to disarm the gunman and take them down.
Learning how to respond is essential when dealing with any unexpected situation, but with exploring this topic, anyone can do it. You can say, "I'm ready."
Find information on how to respond to these and many other emergency situations – including videos and classroom activities, can be found at http://prepare.fullerton.edu/ShelterInPlace.asp
In-person training for groups small or large are available from University Police. Contact Sue Fisher, Emergency Management Coordinator, in University Police at 657-278-3572, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT: Make sure your emergency information is up to date so that you can receive emergency text and email notifications.
WANT A CAREER IN HELPING OTHERS?
The Red Cross is an internationally recognized relief agency. Watch this video to see the tremendous work they do, as seen in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. 8 minutes long and worth every minute -- great video to show students who want to work for relief agencies, too.
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have been recognized as a vital part of keeping the campus community abreast of emergency events. Make sure you look at your information (especially email and phone information) and keep it up to date.
Events that remind us to prepare:
What Hurricane Sandy has taught us.
I AM A DISASTER SERVICE WORKER! And so are YOU!
Watch this video to learn what it means to be a Disaster Service Worker (ALL state employees are!) and what you may be called upon to do during a disaster.
GAS PIPELINE INFORMATION: See this document from the Gas Company regarding Gas Pipeline Safety.
HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION
The Department of Homeland Security has developed a National Terrorism Advisory System to effectively communicate information about terrorist threats.
Click HERE to go to their site that lists the current national threat level.Here are some tips for your response to these levels at CSUF.
This site has been updated with lots of information to help us prepare for any disaster. There is still much to be completed, but if you don't see something you need, please contact the Emergency Management Coordinator. Thanks!