Active Shooter / Active Threat Preparedness

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


While the chances of being involved in an active threat situation are very low, it is important that all Lions are equipped with important safety tips to prepare and protect yourself.

Please take a few minutes to watch the following video:

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.
  • Become familiar with the Run. Hide. Fight. method.
  • Participate in LMU's annual active threat/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 immediately to a safe location.
  • Help others escape, and run regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your hands visible. 
  • As soon as it's safe to do so, call 9-1-1. Be prepared to provide details about who and what you saw. 

HIDE if you can't run.

  • If you can't run, seek shelter in a room with a door.
    • Close and lock all windows and doors. For further security, tie down the door knob with anything you have.
    • Create obstacles against the door and/or windows to block entry into the room.
    • Close blinds or curtains. Turn off lights, silence cell phones, and keep quiet.
    • Crouch down and spread out. Do not huddle in a group.
    • Los Angeles 9-1-1 has text capabilities. If you are able and feel safe to do so, text 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 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.
  • As soon as it's safe to do so, call 9-1-1.

FIGHT as a last resort.

  • As a last resort and only if your life is in imminent danger, fight back.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter by throwing items or using improvised weapons like office equipment.
  • Work with those around you, commit to your actions, and anticipate your next move.
  • As soon as it's safe to do so, call 9-1-1.

When You Call 9-1-1

  • Provide the 9-1-1 dispatcher with your location. Be detailed.
  • 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 onto 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.

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