In the event of an active shooter situation, there are generally three main options: run, hide or fight. A new CSU video for active shooter safety training goes into detail about those options and deciding what to do.
In certain situations, members of the campus community will be directed to “Shelter in Place.” That means immediately taking shelter until you receive an “All Clear” message from emergency personnel.
The Cal Poly Pomona Office of Emergency Management and the University Police recommend the following actions when a Shelter in Place order is given.
Sheltering-in-Place is a protective action taken inside a building to protect people from external hazards, minimizing the chance of injury and/or providing the time necessary to allow for a safe evacuation. Circumstances that may warrant a shelter-in-place activity could include:
- Severe weather
- Biological incident
- Active shooter
- Civil unrest, such as riot
- Radiological incident
- Accidental chemical exposure
Practice general safety precautions at all times. If you observe any suspicious activity on campus, immediately contact University Police at 9-1-1 or 909-869-3070 if you are using a cell phone.
Emergency personnel can give the Shelter-In-Place order in a few ways, including through the university’s Safety Alert System.
In the event of an active shooter,
- If you can leave the area safely, do so.
- Quietly notify anyone you encounter as you are leaving that they must exit immediately as well.
- Do not signal the building occupants by activating a fire alarm.
- Take shelter in another university building if possible.
- Contact University Police to advise them of what is happening.
If you cannot leave the area,
- Close and lock the door.
- Move furniture to barricade the door if possible.
- Turn off the lights. Block any windows that provide a view of the room to the outside.
- Stay away from the windows and doors if at all possible.
- Seek protective cover of some kind under or behind furniture.
- Remain quiet. Switch all cell phones in the room to vibrate mode so that they will not alert anyone to your presence.
- Do not open the door or leave the room until directed to do so by emergency personnel.
- Remain calm and develop a plan to escape should it become necessary.
- If police enter the room, follow their instructions.
For severe weather and civil unrest that pose a physical threat,
- Stay inside and move away from windows to the inner corridors.
- Close all doors connecting exterior offices to the corridor.
- For extreme weather, relocate to interior lower levels of the building.
For external chemical, biological or radiological incident,
- Stay inside and move to an inner corridor or office, closing doors behind you.
- Close windows and turn off air conditioners and fans.
- Move to higher levels of the building to reduce the transfer of contaminated air from outside to inside.
- Move higher in the building since many chemical agents are heavier than air and tend to hug the ground.
For more information about the emergency plan, what to do during an active shooter situation, or for training workshops, contact Emergency Management at 909-869-4697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the University Police Department at 909-860-3070 or email email@example.com.