How to respond to a mass casualty attack situation | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio

How to respond to a mass casualty attack situation

Finding yourself in a mass casualty attack situation can cause extreme panic and disorientation. But if you know what to do ahead of time, your chances of surviving this type of emergency situation are greatly increased.

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  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Keep your hands visible


  • Your second option should be to hide
  • Do not huddle together as it makes one easy target
  • Lock and barricade doors and shut off lights


  • Fighting is a last resort to be used only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the attacker
  • Find an object to use as a weapon such as a fire extinguisher or chair

Information you should provide to emergency services

  • Clarify if you are on Stark State College’s campus
  • Location of the attacker(s)
  • Number of attackers, if more than one
  • Physical description of attacker(s)
  • Number and type of weapons held by the attacker(s)
  • Number of potential victims at the location

How to react when law enforcement arrives

  • Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises
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