Oct. 9, Keuka College exercised its evacuation protocol in preparation should there ever be a need to evacuate. The drill began with a message to the NIXLE Security Alert system instructing the student body to congregate at Norton Chapel for a presentation by Jim Cunningham, head of NMS Security for Keuka College, on what to do in the event of an active shooter.

During this presentation, he introduced two videos which aimed to educate the public on what to do in an active shooter situation in general, and what to do during such a situation on a college campus. The videos covered the “national standard” of what to do in the event of an active shooter situation: run, hide, fight.

This standard urges bystanders to first run, and save as many others that they can along the way. If possible, people are urged to stop others from entering the line of fire, then to call for help.

If a person cannot escape, then they are encouraged to hide. This would involve a person to bar or lock the door, turn out the lights, and stay away from windows.  Essentially, people are urged to lock down a room and wait for the police to arrive. Once they arrive, their first priority is to find the shooter and then send help for any wounded civilians.

As a last resort, people are told to fight. Improvised weapons are useful and any group advantage can help. 

Cunningham says the purpose of the video presentations is to bring these situations closer to a reality for the audience. The biggest takeaways that he wanted the audience to have were that “you need to have a plan wherever you are.”

Cunningham turned the presentation over to Dr. Mark Gestring, a Trauma Surgeon from the University of Rochester Medical Center who presented “Stop the Bleed.” A presentation that focuses on “very basic first aid somebody who’s in a situation that might have to stop bleeding.” They tailor this presentation so it is at a level that anybody can understand, and uses tools that could be found in what’s called “bleed control kits.” In these are tourniquets, gauze, and other tools important to stopping bleeding. They have broken down the procedure into three easy steps: 

1. Alert 9-1-1, 

2. Identify where the bleeding is, 

3. Do something about it. 

The final step involves three different styles of compression. There is simple pressure on the wound, packing the wound with gauze, and applying a tourniquet. Plastic training equipment was also available for students and faculty to try these skills on.

For more information on controlling life threatening bleeding, visit stopthebleed.org.