Fight, Flight or Freeze: How Would You Act in an Emergency Situation?

Posted by on June 20, 2013

The definition of emergency in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is as follows:

“An unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action.”

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Tim Trocke (left) lectures staff during an active shooter training at the Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth campus recently.

Most people have experienced, at one level or another, the panic, adrenaline and nature of such a situation. The question brought to staff and faculty at Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth recently was, “How would you deal with it?”

Tim Trocke, criminal justice instructor, investigator for the State of Minnesota and retired SWAT team member, trained staff on emergency readiness, specifically in an active shooter situation, at the Plymouth campus recently.

“The safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority,” said Campus Director Adam Schefers. “This training was a valuable lesson to all our faculty and staff in how to protect and ensure the safety of every person that visits our building.”

The day was an essential learning tool for emergency readiness and preparedness for Plymouth campus staff, as all members were briefed on tactics, methods and campus-specific options should an emergency occur.

“Today is going to be two hours of things that can make a difference in a critical situation,” Trocke said at the start of the presentation.

Staff covered a thorough layout of the building by identifying problem areas, best evacuation routes, hiding places and emergency alert functions. Staged situations throughout the presentation allowed staff to test how to react to possible safety threats.

Additionally, the Plymouth Police Department was involved, as the campus is now officially registered as a call for service location. This means the department will have a digital version of the campus building plan and layout, and will be able to reference it quickly should an emergency situation arise.

Trocke covered other topics, such as:

  • Review of Minnesota School of Business policy
  • How to act when authorities arrive
  • Dealing with fear, freezing and adrenaline
  • Escape routes
  • Self-defense, should it be needed

If you have any questions on this topic, specifically at the Plymouth campus, please contact Adam Schefers at 763-476-2000.


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