Tools to Survive Targeted Violence

UCPD officers have all received extensive training on what to do in this situation, but it is equally important that our campus community members think of how they will respond.

If you witness any armed individual on campus at any time, immediately call UCPD to report the emergency 9-1-1 (or 510-642-3333 via cell phone). Use common sense. If escaping from danger is impossible, you should lockdown and prepare to counter the attacker.

About Fleeing

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.
  • Do not go to the normal gathering site for your building. Instead, get far away from the shooting scene and then contact the Police Department to notify 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.
  • Barricade the entrance if possible (heavy furniture, etc.)
  • Prepare to counter the attacker. Don't just hide and wait.
  • Develop a plan (have items to throw...laptops, chairs, etc.)

About Notifying Others

Alert the police, and alert others in your building or nearby if possible.
Dial 9-1-1 [or (510) 642-3333 via cell] to notify police and give your location, if that seems practical.
Do not pull the fire alarm because 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 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, or via a WarnMe message. If the staff or students do not recognize the voice that is giving instruction, they should not change their status. Call the police to verify that officers are at your location.

  • 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 will investigate the area later.


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