Eastern Florida State College Campus Safety Tips

The great majority of college students will enjoy their college experience without ever being impacted by a crime. However, good crime prevention information can be empowering and further reduce the chances of becoming a victim. Continually promoting safety awareness is one more way our Campus Security team works to provide our students, employees and visitors with a safe environment. We've provided the safety tips below to help keep you safe on campus, at home, and while traveling to and from campus. Please click each topic and review the information.

— Joe Ambrose, Eastern Florida State College Security Chief

“The video above regarding Active Shooters is provided on behalf of the Eastern Florida State College Department of Security. If you would like additional information or would like to schedule a Safety Tips or Active Shooter Training for your class, club, or department — or would like your EFSC workplace evaluated for safety, please contact Jackie Pellmann, Administrative Support Specialist for Collegewide Security, at pellmannja@easternflorida.edu or 321-433-5947.”

— Chief Joe Ambrose, EFSC Security

Surviving an Active Shooter Event:

Thankfully, active shooter situations on college campuses or in our workplaces are very rare. Today’s police officers and deputy sheriffs are specially trained to quickly respond to active shooter situations and address and stop the threat. An additional comfort to our College is that many EFSC Security Officers are authorized to carry firearms while on duty. EFSC Security Officers also are specially trained in active shooter scenarios. Thus, if an active shooter situation were to unfold on any campus, EFSC Security Officers and local law enforcement agencies would be able to quickly respond.

The following tips are provided as a courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security should you ever encounter a situation.

The three things you may wish to consider are…

Run. Hide. Fight. 

RUN: First and foremost, if you can get out, do it.

  • If there is an escape route, attempt to evacuate
  • 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

HIDE: If you can’t get out safely, find a place to hide. Act quickly and quietly. Try to secure your hiding place the best you can. 

  • Lock and/or blockade the door
  • Silence your cell 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

FIGHT: As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger . . . whether you’re alone or working together as a group, fight.  

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

What to do when armed security or 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.