Emergency measures: Partners in the education sector in the Estrie region unite to equip their community
What to do in response to an active shooter?
Sherbrooke, le 30 novembre 2016 – Even if the likelihood of an active-shooter event actually occurring is rather small, nowhere is entirely safe. We therefore need to be prepared for the worst. This has led several partners in the education sector in the Estrie region to enhance their emergency-measures programs with the addition of a video summarizing the actions to be taken in response to an active-shooter event.
This video is a joint undertaking of the Association des écoles privées de l’Estrie, Bishop’s College School, Cégep de Sherbrooke, Champlain College, Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke, Eastern Townships School Board, Bishop’s University, and Université de Sherbrooke.
Run, Hide, Fight
Created in cooperation with the City of Sherbrooke's police department, this video portrays the best responses in such situations: Run, Hide, Fight. Using animations, a representative of Sherbrooke's police department provides basic instructions and presents what action to take in an active-shooter event. “Police officers are trained and ready to rapidly respond in order to neutralize the threat of an active shooter,” pointed out Patrick Roy, Acting Capitan and Commandant of the City of Sherbrooke's Intervention Group. “Nevertheless, it is important for everyone to know how to react when faced with such an emergency. Prevention and awareness by the partners are critical steps in ensuring that the interventions are effective.”
This tool is intended the student community, responders, and personnel of high schools, colleges, and universities. “Like its partners, the Université de Sherbrooke is constantly concerned with the safety of individuals in the institution, demonstrated by providing a safe work, study, and research environment,” explained Martin Buteau, Chair of the Coordinating Committee of the University’s Emergency-Measures Plan; Assistant President; Vice-President, Human and Financial Resources Services. “Working with our partners, we wanted to proactively deploy a wide reaching and effective communication mechanism in the face of such a threat, regardless of the institution where the recipient might be. We have succeeded in standardizing our practices.”
Each partner will use it based on the emergency-measures protocol in effect in their institution. Moreover, this innovative video could open the way to use by other educational institutions and extend its use beyond the areas served by the partners.
Enhancing Tool Kits
The launching of this video coincides with the deployment of security applications developed by Bishop’s University and the Université de Sherbrooke. It stands out as a concrete example of enhancing the tool kits available to students and personnel in educational institutions. A number of promotional and information efforts will be implemented in the near future to get the news out about this new tool. A french-language version of the video is also available.
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Isabelle Huard, Media-Relations Officer
Communications Department | Université de Sherbrooke
819-821-8000, extension 63395 | medias@USherbrooke.ca
Martin Carrier, Media-Relations Officer
City of Sherbrooke's Police Department
819-821-5471 | firstname.lastname@example.org