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ACTIVE SHOOTER: WHAT TO DO
The potential for a school shooting exists on every campus throughout the United States. Although the possession of firearms on or around the campus is prohibited, previous local and national shootings dictate the importance and need for a response plan. In the event you observe an individual with any type of weapon on the campus, immediately contact the College Sheriff's Office at extension 2911 from an internal telephone, or 818-947-2911 from a cell phone; and right now set this phone number on speed dial in your cell phone.
If you hear gun shots or what might be gun shots assume that there is a shooter on campus until you are told otherwise by Sheriffs personnel, Police, or Campus Administration.
Make a decision, trusting your instincts, to take action to protect yourself to survive the situation. DO NOT APPROACH THE SHOOTER. You generally will have three options depending on whether you are outdoors or indoors and how close you are to the actual shooter:
DO NOT APPROACH THE SHOOTER– Your survival is the key component, so unless you are left with no choice you should avoid approaching the shooter. However, if you are approached by the shooter comply with the shooter‘s instructions.
If safe to do so, call the Sheriff‘s Office at extension 2911 or 818-947-2911. Do not assume that someone else has reported the incident.
If safe to do so, stop and take time to get a good description of the criminal. Note height, weight, sex, race, approximate age, clothing, method and direction of travel, and his/her name, if known. If the suspect is entering a vehicle, note the license plate number, make and model, color, and outstanding characteristics. All of this takes only a few seconds and is of the utmost help to the responding officers.
Although you are not expected to know all of the answers, answer them to the best of your ability. Even though you may think the questioning is wasting valuable time, the information you provide will enable the Sheriff‘s Office to dispatch officers and other emergency personnel safely and effectively.
During your call, you may be asked questions, such as:
Call the College Sheriff at extension 2911 or 818-947-2911 and be prepared to give the following information if you have it:
Be patient. Time is on your side. Avoid drastic action.
The initial 45 minutes are the most dangerous. Follow instruction, be alert and stay alive. The captor is emotionally imbalanced. Don‘t make mistakes which could endanger your well being.
Don‘t speak unless spoken to and then only when necessary. Don‘t talk down to the captor who may be in an agitated state.
Avoid appearing hostile. Maintain eye contact with the captor at all times if possible, but do not stare. Treat the captor like royalty.
Try to relax. Avoid speculating.
Comply with instructions as best you can. Avoid arguments. Expect the unexpected.
Be observant. The personal safety of others may depend on your memory. You may be released or escape. The captors in all probability do not want to harm persons held by them.
Be prepared to answer the Sheriff on the phone.
Be patient, wait. Attempt to establish rapport with the captor.
If medications, first aid, or bathroom privileges are needed by anyone, say so.