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Learn to protect yourself during an active-shooter situation

From the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, to smaller-scale incidents, more and more Americans inadvertently find themselves in active-shooter or mass-shooting situations. If this happens to you, there are three key words to keep in mind: Run, hide, fight.

UCOP will soon be holding virtual trainings for responding to active-shooter situations. Look out for more information in future issues of Link.

Run, hide, fight

Run, hide, fight is the national standard for responding to a mass shooting. Watch a helpful video, developed by the FBI, to learn how each step works.

Trigger warning: This video simulates a mass-shooting situation.


  • Wherever you go, be aware of alternate exits, including windows and emergency exits.
  • Running makes you harder to hit and improves your chances of survival.
  • Quickly and cautiously evacuate in a direction away from the attacker. Leave your belongings and don’t hesitate — seconds matter. Don’t stop until you reach a safe location.
  • Keep your empty hands raised and clearly visible to first responders. Be prepared to follow police instructions.


  • If there is no safe escape route, find a place to hide out of eyesight of the shooter.
  • If possible, enter a room, then lock and barricade the door.
  • Turn off or silence your phone to avoid attracting the attention of the shooter.


  • Fight only as a last resort, if you are unable to run or hide.
  • Use available objects as improvised weapons.
  • Enlist the help of anyone hiding with you to surprise and ambush the shooter.

Stop the bleed

If anyone is injured by gunfire, apply direct pressure to their wound to help stop bleeding.

For questions about community safety at UCOP, contact Jody Stiger.


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