The words "active shooter" are frightening in their imagery. It is especially difficult to think of such a horrific event happening at CSUN. Although mass shootings are relatively rare events, the sad reality is that this type of emergency situation has been happening with greater frequency around the country and it reminds us it can happen anywhere, at any time, and any place. The video "Active Shooter and the Survival Mindset" was designed to educate the campus community on the need for a survival mindset and swift action in the event of an active shooter incident. Understanding the following simple concepts could save your life in this type of emergency:
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.
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.
It is very important that you update your contact information in the myNorthridge portal or the CSUN mobile app so the University may contact you in the event of an emergency. As text messaging can be prone to delay, you are encouraged to also provide an alternate telephone number and your email address. From the home page of the myNorthridge portal, click on the "SOLAR STUDENT CENTER" Quick Link on the right-hand side of the page. Scroll down to "Personal Information" to review and update your contact information, especially telephone and email listings.
CSUN Police Active Shooter Response and Police Training
The California State University, Northridge Department of Police Services considers the training and preparedness of it's officers as one of the most important responsibilities. Officers are trained to respond to a myriad of situations-- natural disasters (earthquakes), hazardous materials (chemical spills) and active shooter situations, to name a few.
In May, 2016, the Department of Police Service hosted its nineth Multi-Agency Active Shooter Exercise with it's allied law enforcement agencies. This annual training hosts over 60 officers from such agencies as the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and Los Angeles School Police.