In light of the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, we want to remind you of the emergency procedures in place at CSUN that provide guidance in what to do in an emergency, including an active shooter incident. The emergency desk references for students, faculty, and staff are available on-line and hard copy. These desk references discuss a variety of emergency situations and procedures. Specifically, in an active shooter emergency, remember the following:
Get Out! When you hear gunshots, don’t second guess the situation. Get out immediately if at all possible. If you are out in the open, take cover or run away in a zig zag pattern.
Hide Out! Find a location, lock or blockade the door, turn off the lights, spread out with others in the room and make a plan.
Help Out! Help the injured as best you can until help arrives. Remain calm and quiet and be a calming influence for others.
Fight! If neither running nor hiding is a safe option, as a last resort, when confronted by the shooter, consider trying to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter. This can be done by using aggressive force such as using items in the environment to throw at a shooter (fire extinguisher, chair, backpacks, etc.). This is a life/death situation in which your “survival mindset” must take over!
Additionally, the Department of Police Services will utilize redundant methods of communication to send emergency messages and updates via email, voicemail, text, social media posts and emergency signage.