Active Shooter / Active Threat Preparedness

Active Shooter Threats 

There are steps you can take if you find yourself in an active shooter event, knowing how to recognize signs of potential violence around you, what to do during an active shooter event and what to expect after an active shooter event takes place can help you make decisions.

Before an Active Shooter Threat 

  • For the areas you frequent on campus, know the evacuation routes and think about how you could respond to an active shooter situation.
  • Review the videos and materials above to become familiar with the Run.hide.fight method.
  • Participate in LMU's annual active shooter- shelter-in-place drill each February.

During an Active Shooter Threat

Run - if you can

  • Identify an escape route, and only if it is safe to do so, evacuate to a secure location.
  • If possible, seek shelter in a room with a door.
  • Wherever you are, crouch down and spread out. Do not huddle in a group.
  • once you are in a safe location call 9-1-1, be prepared to provide details about who and what you saw.

Hide- if you cant run

  • Seek shelter in a room with a door:
    • Close and lock all windows and doors if you are able.
    • Create obstacles against the door and/or windows to block entry into the room.
    • Close blinds or curtains.
    • Turn off lights, eliminate all noise, and keep quiet.
    • LA 9-1-1 has text capabilities, if you are able and feel safe to do so you may text them your location and the situation. make sure all notification noises are turned off.
  • If you are outside and/or are unable to safely seek shelter in a secure location, conceal yourself and shield yourself by hiding behind something like a bench or tree.
  • DO NOT respond to any voice commands until you can verify that they are being issued by a police officer or Public Safety officer.
  • Wherever you are, crouch down and spread out. Do not huddle in a group.

Fight - as a last resort

  • As a last resort, once all other options have been exhausted and only when your life is in imminent danger, you may choose to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items
  • Use objects around you as weapons, like fire extinguishers, staplers, desks, etc.

Check out this L.A County Sheriff Active Shooter Video for tips and tactics.


As soon as it is safe to do so, call 911 first. Then call LMU Public Safety.

When You Call 9-1-1

  • Provide the 9-1-1 Dispatcher with your location, be precise
  • Provide a physical description of the shooter/s
  • The number and type of weapons held by the shooter/s
  • Give the location and number of any potential victims you saw

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm, and follow officers' instructions. 
  • Put down any items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets).
  • Raise hands and spread your fingers, and keep hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as holding on to them for safety.
  • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises



If you notice odd or threatening behavior on campus, report it to Public Safety immediately.


Additional Resources


We encourage you to take 6 minutes to complete this online training.

Contact for a transcript of the training above.

LMU conducts a demonstration with the LAPD and the LAFD on Active Shooter Response.

Best of Category Winner - Active Shooter/Active Threat

ReadyLMU Emergency Preparedness Video Contest 2013