"Tools to Survive an Active Shooter"
If you witness any armed individual on campus at any time, immediately call UCPD to report the emergency. Use common sense. If hiding or escaping from danger is impossible, you should remain quiet, but we encourage you to DO SOMETHING!
If it is possible to flee the area safely and avoid danger, do so.
If it is safe to do so, consider:
- Escaping out of the other side of the building.
- Moving to a central and secure area within the building.
In case you must flee, do not go to the normal gathering site for your building. Instead, get far away from the shooting scene and contact the Police Department to advise them of your location.
Do not attempt to flee if the shooter is between you and your escape. If you are unsure, do not attempt to flee.
About Hiding in Place
If it is not possible to flee the area safely:
- Go dark. Turn off all the lights.
- Lock all windows and doors and secure yourself in your space.
- Get everyone down on the floor or under a desk and out of the line of fire and remain silent.
About Notifying Others
- Attempt to get the word out to others in your building or nearby if possible.
- Dial 9-1-1 (510/642-3333 via cell) to notify police and give your location, if that seems practical.
- DO NOT pull the fire alarm. It will provide the shooter with more opportunities to cause harm.
If the shooter comes into your room or office
- There is no one procedure that can be recommended in this situation.
- Attempting to negotiate with the individual may be very dangerous.
- Attempting to overcome the individual with force is a last resort that should only be initiated in the most extreme circumstances, but, again, DO SOMETHING!
Wait for the “all-clear” instruction given by an authorized or known voice.
If the staff or students do not recognize the voice that is giving instruction, they should not change their status.
- Unknown or unfamiliar voices may be giving false assurances.
- Remember, there may be more than one active shooter.
After a Valid “All-Clear”
- Follow the direction of Police Officers as you leave the building.
- Police may direct you to one collection point.
- When encountering Police Officers, keep your hands on your head or open in front of you. Officers are trained to be aware of all possible dangers and need to see quickly that you are not a threat.
- Be careful not to make any changes to the scene of the incident since law enforcement authorities need to investigate the area later.
Schedule a Presentation
The Police Department has developed a presentation called, “Tools to Survive an Active Shooter.” Contact us to find out how you can schedule this presentation for your group. (510) 642-6760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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