EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon is preparing students and staff to respond to an active shooter threat, but hope it’s never needed.
More than two dozen UO students and faculty attended the Active Threat Preparedness Training Wednesday morning at the Erb Memorial Union building.
Attendees learned from the University of Oregon Police Department and counselors on how to recognize the signs of a potential shooter. They also learned how to properly report it and what to do if they are ever in a school shooting situation.
Organizers said the best practice to follow is the "Run, Hide, Fight" concept. This means your first option is to run as far away from the shooter as you can. If you can't do that, you're want to hide in a safe place and lock and block doors. While your last option is to fight for your life.
One student told KEZI he appreciates the university's efforts in making the community safer.
"Trying to put the student first and trying to make us feel even more comfortable with everything that's happening in the political environment and just trying to make us feel safe," said Mark Adams, UO student.
Organizers said Wednesday's training is the first of four sessions the university is hosting throughout the month.
The next training will be on March 13th in the Franklin Building.
For more information on the other sessions click HERE.