Active Shooter/Active Threat Preparedness

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

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

Additional Resources

Options During an Active Shooter Situation


  • For the areas you frequent on campus, know the evacuation routes and think about how you could respond to an active shooter situation.
  • Participate in LMU's annual active shooter drill each February.


  • 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.


  • Seek shelter in a room with a door:
    • Close and lock all windows and doors.
    • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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. 
  • Check out this Last Resort Active Shooter Survival video for tips and tactics.

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

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm, and follow officers' instructions. Avoid yelling.
  • 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.
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating.