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In Case of Active Shooter
These UCPD Resources Can Prepare You
Events in recent years, such as the tragedies at Virginia Tech and DeKalb, have caused have called attention to the need to be prepared for a wide range of emergencies. Campuses across the country have reassessed their level of preparedness and established broader training and education programs. At the Berkeley campus, we were ahead of the curve. UCPD officers have been training for years to respond to an active shooter incident, training that is routinely reinforced with exercises.
UCPD wants to emphasize that your awareness and preparedness is as important as our expert training in keeping the campus safe. Should an incident like this occur, there could be crucial minutes of time before police arrive on the scene. What you know about how to respond can increase your chances of survival. Please take a moment to take advantage of our educational media. We'd like to know what you think.
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For information on other types of campus emergencies, visit the Office of Emergency Preparedness website.
Watch the video
An exclusive 18-minute video, "Shots Fired," is now available to the campus community for viewing.
"Tools to Survive an Active Shooter" is a presentation developed by UCPD's Office of the Chief. Drawing on expertise from across the department to address this potential threat., the presentation gives you solid techniques that will increase your odds and those of everyone in your group. If you haven't seen it yet, UCPD hopes your campus group will contact us to arrange for a free live presentation. Stay for a question and answer segment with the experts to familiarize yourself further with the strategies we recommend. Call the Community Outreach Lieutenant at 510/642-3679 to discuss your eligibility, and to arrange for your presentation.
WarnMe Emergency Alerting System
WarnMe, UC Berkeley’s alerting and warning service, will proactively contact you to warn of situations on or near campus that may pose immediate threats, and can also provide urgent and important information and instructions in the case of other types of emergencies. Log in to add or change ways you wish to receive campus alerts.
Read These Guidelines
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 hiding or escaping from danger is impossible, you should remain quiet, but we encourage you to DO SOMETHING!
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.
- Moving to a central and secure area within the building.
- In case you must flee, 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.
- Get everyone down on the floor or under a desk and out of the line of fire and remain silent.
About Notifying Others
Attempt to get the word out to others in your building or nearby if possible.
Dial 9-1-1 (510/642-3333 via cell) to notify police and give your location, if that seems practical.
Do not pull the fire alarm. 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 instruction given by an authorized or known voice. If the staff or students do not recognize the voice that is giving instruction, they should not change their status.
- 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.
Schedule a Presentation
The Police Department has developed a presentation called, "Tools to Survive an Active Shooter." Contact the Community Outreach Lieutenant to find out how you can schedule this presentation for your group. (510) 642-3679.
Remember, if you hear the Alert Warning Siren on a non-test day, check in with 1-800-705-9998, emergency.berkeley.edu, or KALX 90.7 for more information.
Campus Emergency Web Page (only activated in case of Emergency)
In an EMERGENCY, from a cell phone on or near campus, dial 510 642-3333 If you have any questions, please contact UCPD:
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