Following the Ohio State University attack on November 28th, campus safety officials would like to provide a brief summary of ECU's preparedness efforts and steps you should take to become better prepared.  Review and discuss the enclosed emergency instructions in staff and faculty meetings, residence hall safety meetings, and other groups as appropriate.  Please contact ECU Police Community Affairs unit at 328-6787 with any questions.

Let's continue our collective efforts and turn fear and concern into meaningful action through increased education, training, and preparedness.  Be INFORMED.  Be PREPARED.  Be SAFE.  

  • The ECU Police Department participates in ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) at least once a year. This is a national standard for active shooter response and is the standard for all UNC system law enforcement agencies.
  • This year ECU Police conducted active assailant training scenarios on main and health science campuses in addition to annual required training, such as firearms training.
  • We have conducted active shooter drills and training every year since the tragic events at Virginia Tech and use lessons learned from drills and incidents to continuously improve our preparedness and response. We are currently working to hire a consultant to provide training / exercise development and review in 2017.
  • We have excellent relationships with other local, state, and federal agencies. ECU Police trains with other agencies in the area to prepare for emergency situations on campus and coordinates with local, state and federal agencies.
  • Students are trained in RUN-HIDE-FIGHT during orientation and during courses taken their freshmen year, with follow-up, in-person trainings in residence halls and other scheduled presentations on campus.  Students may also access the "Shots Fired" video on the ECU Police website.
  • Faculty and staff training is available through the "Shots Fired" video on the ECU Police website.  The LiveSafe demo and Preparing for an Active Assailant presentation is available through the Office for Faculty Excellence webpage.  And in-person training is available through ECU Police Community Affairs.  (See "Resources" below.)
  • RUN-HIDE-FIGHT is an easy to remember phrase and gives people the best chance to get away and survive an active assailant.
  • ECU Alert is a tool to help inform the campus of an active situation. We also work hard to make sure our students, faculty and staff know how to react if they are in immediate danger and provide emergency instructions on our free ECU LiveSafe app (to include RUN-HIDE-FIGHT, shelter-in-place, and evacuation).


If you ever find yourself in an active shooter or armed assailant event, your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan. The plan does not have to be complicated and should be flexible. There are three things to do that can make a difference:  RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.  The RUN-HIDE-FIGHT protocol provides procedures you can follow to stay safe in any scenario whether on-campus or off-campus.

Download the LiveSafe app to keep these instructions at your fingertips at all times. Then, download the "Shots Fired" video to learn how to become better prepared (See "Resources" below).  Show the video in staff, faculty, and residence hall meetings to initiate discussion and review departmental preparedness plans.  For assistance, contact ECU Police, Community Affairs unit at 328-6787.

Note: If outside, move to a safe place of cover and utilize obstructions as you move. When you are away from the danger area, stay down and do not move; call 911 if able. Get far away from the shooting if possible. If off campus, do not attempt to come to campus. Stay away until you receive the "all clear" message on ECU Alert or from other emergency officials. 

 When an active assailant is in your vicinity: 

  • If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuation.
  • Evacuate whether others agree to or not. 
  • Leave your belongings behind. 
  • Help others escape if possible. 
  • Prevent others from entering the area. 
  • Call 9-1-1 when you are safe. 

 If an evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide. 

  • Lock and/or blockade the door. 
  • Silence your phone. 
  • Hide behind large objects. 
  • Remain very quiet. 
  • Your hiding place should:
    • Be out of the shooter's view
    • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction
    • Not trap or restrict your options for movement

 As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger: 

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter. 
  • Act with physical aggression.
  • Improvise weapons. 
  • Commit to your actions.

 When law enforcement arrives: 

  • Remain calm and follow instructions.
  • Keep your hands visible at all times. 
  • Avoid pointing or yelling. 
  • Know that help for the injured is on its way. 


"Shots Fired" Training Video

Download the "Shots Fired" video in faculty/staff or student versions at the ECU Police Community Affairs website:


View the Department of Homeland Security video regarding the protective measures of surviving an active shooter incident:

LiveSafe Demo & Preparing for an Active Assailant Presentation

View the presentation on LiveSafe and RUN-HIDE-FIGHT from the Office of Faculty Excellence webpage (login in required):

ECU Alert

Sign-up for emergency text and/or email messages at

ECU LiveSafe 

RUN-HIDE-FIGHT instructions are included under "Quick Guide for Emergencies".  Download is free: 
  1. Go to App Store or Google Play, search LiveSafe. 
  2. Sign-up with your name and contact information or Facebook. 
  3. Select East Carolina University as your affiliation. 
For more information about LiveSafe, visit