INDIANA –- Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty and staff heard how to respond to a shooter who is attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area: Run. Hide. Fight. Some of the 17 who attended the Stephenson Hall session said it was good advice.
“We stress the importance of always being prepared,” Cramer said during the training.
Preparation for active shooters has been learned the hard way. President Obama said Americans have grown “numb” by the frequency of mass shootings. They include the the 2007 campus massacre at Virginia Tech, the bloodiest such U.S. killing until its death toll was eclipsed by a June 12 rampage at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
Justin D. Fair, associate professor in IUP’s chemistry department, a former U.S. Army chemicals officer, and a member of Indiana County’s hazardous-materials emergency-response unit, said the session was instructive.
“I don’t think many people think about it before it’s too late,” Fair said in an interview in Weyandt Hall after the training session.
Fair said 911 dispatch recordings made during the Orlando rampage illustrated the need to alert police quickly and surreptitiously by phone.
“You don’t want to think about what to do when you should have enough information to know what to do,” Fair said.
Cramer said she leads active-shooter training sessions year-round for faculty and students. The next session is scheduled during IUP Technology Day on Aug. 24, 10 a.m., in Stouffer Hall.
Students receive similar training, although the content is less detailed and includes other personal-safety issues, Cramer said.
Ethan C. Brogan, a senior majoring in journalism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is from Pittsburgh.