If you are in the immediate vicinity of an active shooter, you must decide if it is safer for you to run from the area or shelter in place.
If you choose to run:
- Have an escape route and plan in mind
- Leave your belongings behind
- Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
- Help others escape, if possible
- Do not attempt to move the wounded
- Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be
- Keep your hands visible
If you choose to hide/shelter in place:
- Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
- Lock the door or block entry to you hiding place
- Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet
Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
- Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
- Act with as much physical aggression as possible
- Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter
- Commit to your actions
It is important to recognize that every emergency situation will be unique. Always use your own judgment and follow directions provided by emergency personnel, (e.g. the Pasadena Police Department and Campus Security) at the time of an incident.
Options for Considerations Active Shooter Preparedness Video is produced by the Department of Homeland Security and helps to illustrate response procedures and the role that law enforcement will take once at the scene.