Active Shooter


An active shooter is a person actively shooting at people, usually at random, in a confined or populated area.

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Active Shooter

You may never encounter an active shooter on a UBC campus. Even so, it could happen—either here or elsewhere.

An active shooter is a person actively shooting at people, usually at random, in a confined or populated area. In most cases, there is no pattern or method to their actions. Active shooter situations evolve quickly and can be over in 10 to 15 minutes. Refer to www.ubc.ca for all updates in the event of an incident occurring.

If faced with an active shooter incident, there are THREE things you can do that make a difference. RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.

What to do if there is an active shooter in your building?

  • If you determine it is safe, RUN (get out)!. This is your first and best option.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Advise others not to enter the danger zone.
  • Call Police – 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.

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What to do if evacuation from your building is not safe?

  • If evacuation is not possible, find a place to HIDE
  • Lock and/or barricade the door.
  • Turn off or silence your cell phone, including the vibrate feature.
  • Hide behind large objects if possible.
  • Stay low, below window level and be quiet.
  • Close curtains or blinds where possible.
  • Await instruction or escort from law enforcement (if unsure, they will have a key)

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What to do if your life is in danger?

  • As a last resort, and if you feel your life is in danger; FIGHT.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression.
  • Improvise weapons.
  • Commit to your actions.
  • Once the shooter is incapacitated, call Police – 911.

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What to do when law enforcement arrives?

  • Keep your EMPTY hands raised and visible.
  • Remain calm and follow instructions.
  • Avoid pointing or yelling.
  • The first police officers to arrive will not respond to or aid those who are injured. They will go directly to the shooter.
  • Know that help for the injured is on its way.
  • The area is a crime scene. Police may secure all witnesses until identified and questioned.

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How to receive Active Shooter Preparedness training?

We offer a variety of Emergency Preparedness training workshops. Offered on-line or in a small group setting, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about active shooter situations and UBC’s approach to maximize campus safety.

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Watch UBC’s training video for active shooter situations


This video contains intense scenes which may be disturbing to some viewers. We recommend viewing this video as part of one of our guided training sessions.


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