Active Shooter

NOTE: An individual must use his/her own discretion during an active shooter event as to whether he/she chooses to run to safety or remain in place. However, best practices for surviving an active shooter event are listed below.

DEVELOP A SURVIVAL MINDSET

  • Awareness and Preparation: Take time to understand your surroundings and environment before an emergency occurs. Ask yourself, “What if?” questions and develop a plan.

IN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER EMERGENCY

Make a decision, trusting your instincts, to take action to protect yourself to survive the situation. You generally will have three options:

  • Evade: Can you safely escape?
  • Secure-in-place: Is there a good place to hide?
  • Defend: Will you confront the shooter?

EVADING

  • If you can and you deem it safe, get out and get to a safe place.
  • You will have to rely partially on instinct.
  • Leave belongings behind, but take your cell phone if it is handy.

SECURING-IN-PLACE

  • Find a hidden location.
  • Find protection behind furniture if possible.
  • Find a room that locks if you can.
  • If possible, close and lock the outside door to the room. Blockade the door with furniture or other heavy objects.
  • Close the blinds, turn off the lights, remain quiet, silence cell phones, spread out away from other individuals, and move behind available cover. Stay on the floor, away from doors or windows, and do not peek out to see what may be happening.
  • Make a plan with others in the room about what you will do if the shooter enters. Make a total commitment to action and act as a team with others.
  • Do whatever is necessary to survive the situation.
  • If possible and safe to do so, report the location of the assailant.

IF OUTSIDE WHEN A SHOOTING OCCURS

  • Drop to the ground immediately, face down as flat as possible. If within 15-20 feet of a safe place or cover, duck and run to it.
  • Move or crawl away from gunfire, trying to utilize any obstructions between you and the gunfire. Remember that many objects of cover may conceal you from sight, but may not be bulletproof.
  • When you reach a place of relative safety, stay down and do not move. Do not peek or raise your head in an effort to see what may be happening.
  • Wait and listen for directions from Public Safety and/law enforcement personnel.

DEFENDING YOURSELF IF PERPETRATOR IS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY

  • An individual must use his/her own discretion about when he or she must engage a shooter for survival.
  • Generally, one can lie motionless and pretend to be unconscious or confront the individual.
  • Make a plan as to how you will survive the situation..
  • Make a total commitment to action and act as a team with others if possible.
  • Do whatever is necessary to survive the situation.

HELP OUT

  • Warn others.
  • Help others escape.
  • Keep others away from the danger area.
  • Help the injured.
  • Help others stay calm

CALLING FOR HELP

  • If safe to do so, call the appropriate authorities. Do not assume that someone else has reported the incident.
  • On the Malibu campus and at all other domestic University campuses, call 911. Then call the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506- 4441.
  • Be persistent; phones may be jammed.
  • Calmly identify yourself and your exact location. Remain calm and answer the dispatcher’s questions. The dispatcher is trained to obtain the necessary and required information for an appropriate emergency response.
  • If safe to do so, stop and take time to get a good description of the criminal. Note height, weight, sex, race, approximate age, clothing, method and direction of travel, and his/her name, if known. If the suspect is entering a vehicle, note the license plate number, make and model, color, and outstanding characteristics. All of this takes only a few seconds and is of the utmost help to the responding officers.

WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES

  • When law enforcement reaches you, do not run at them or make sudden movements.
  • The priority of the first responders will be to identify the shooter. Law enforcement will need to ensure that you are not the shooter.
  • Do not scream, yell, point, or wave your arms.
  • Do not hold anything in your hands that could be mistaken for a weapon (including cell phones).
  • Be quiet and compliant.
  • Show the officers your empty hands and follow their instructions.
  • Give the number of shooters.
  • Give the location and physical description of the shooter.
  • Give the number and types of weapons.
  • When it is safe to do so, you will be given instructions as to how to safely exit your location.

For additional information on best practices and tips for surviving an active shooter incident, please log on to the University’s Web portal, WaveNet, and watch the 20-minute “Shots Fired On Campus” video found in the Emergency Preparedness section. Please contact the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506-4700 with any questions or concerns regarding this topic.